World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

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Annaleise Carr whose name was added to the plaque at Queen’s Royal Park in Ontario, Canada was selected as the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Photo by Alamenciak of the Toronto Star
Pilar Geijo, 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and World Champion
Anne Marie Ward, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year at the United Nations, photo courtesy of Skip Storch
Poliana Okimoto, 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and Olympian
Edith van Dijk, 2008 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and Olympian
noun - The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year is an annual WOWSA Award that is meant to honor the individual(s) who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.

The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year is awarded together with the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year and World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year that is presented by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City. The 2011 ceremonies were held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, the 2012 ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City, the 2013 ceremonies were held in Cork, Ireland.

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The WOWSA Award for the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year is given at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference and voted online upon by tens of thousands of swimmers and fans in a public poll.

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[edit] 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Anna-Carin Nordin, The Oceans Seven First (Sweden)
2. Charlotte Brynn, Channel Swimmer and Aquatic Adventurist (New Zealand)
3. Diana Nyad, Xtreme Dreamer (U.S.A.)
4. Kimberley Chambers, Ballerina Soars in the Open Water (New Zealand)
5. Lorna Cochran, Near-nonagenarian Navigates Nirvana (South Africa)
6. Lynn Kubasek, Volunteer Extraordinaire In The Pacific (U.S.A.)
7. Martina Grimaldi, World Champion Racer (Italy)
8. Michelle Macy, Reaching the Summit of the Oceans Seven (U.S.A.)
9. Nadia Ben Bahtane, A Maternal Moroccan Miracle (Morocco)
10. Nuala Moore, Going to the Extremes (Ireland)
11. Olga Kozydub, Professional Marathon Swimming Champion (Russia)
12. Poliana Okimoto, 3-time World Championship Medalist (Brazil)
13. Sarah Thomas, Double Crosser (U.S.A.)
14. Sally Minty-Gravett, 5 Decades in the Making (Jersey)
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Serving with Distinction (Australia)

[edit] 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), World Professional Marathon Champion
2. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Oceans Seven Swimmer
3. Annaleise Carr (Canada), Young Marathon Swimmer
4. Catherine Vogt (USA), Dual Olympic Coach
5. Diana Nyad (USA), Xtreme Dreamer
6. Esther Nuñez Morera (Spain), Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
7. Grace van der Byl (USA), Marathon Record Breaker
8. Janel Jorgensen McArdle (USA), Swim Across America President
9. Julia Washbourne (Hong Kong), Eco-Swimming Aquapreneur
10. Karen Gaffney (USA), Swimming Philanthropist
11. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain), British Open Water Icon
12. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), Channel Swimming Late Bloomer
13. Risztov Éva (Hungary), Olympic Champion
14. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Pioneering Administrator
15. Tina Neill (USA), San Clemente Channel Swimmer

[edit] 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) – World Marathon Swimming Champion
2. Pamela Dickson (New Zealand) – Lady of the Lake
3. Elizabeth Fry (USA) – Two Times Makes Double
4. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) – Nursing Marathon Excellence
5. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
6. Her Serene Highness The Princess of MonacoA Royal Supporter
7. Marcy MacDonald (USA) – Freestyling Foot Doctor
8. Angela Maurer (Germany) – Mother of Marathoners
9. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) – Swedish Aloha In The Channels
10.Diana Nyad (USA) – Inspiration and Determination Redux
11.Penny Palfrey (Australia) – Marathon Swimmer Extraordinaire
12.Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) – World Champion and Olympic Favorite

[edit] 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), Professional Marathon Swimmer
2. Angela Maurer (Germany), Professional Marathon Swimmer
3. Anne Marie Ward (Ireland), North Channel Swimmer
4. Barbara Held (USA), Pacific Channel Swimmer
5. Diana Nyad (USA), Pioneer
6. Eva Fabian (USA), World Champion
7. Freda Streeter (Great Britain), Channel Motivator and Educator
8. Jackie Cobell (Great Britain), Endurer
9. Linsy Heister (Netherlands), World and European Champion
10. Mighty Mermaids (USA), Masters Team Extraordinaire
11. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Adventure Swimmer
12. Sue Oldham (Australia), Youthfully-minded Channel Swimmer

[edit] 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Marcia Cleveland (USA), Administrator, Promoter and Coach
2. Lisa Cummins (Ireland), Patience and Persistence Pay Off
3. Natalie du Toit (South Africa), Inspirational Athlete and Spokeswoman
4. Melissa Gorman (Australia), World Champion
5. Angela Maurer (Germany), Professional Swimmer and Mother
6. Mighty Mermaids (USA), Masters Team Extraordinaire
7. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey), Teacher, Motivator and Coach
8. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Marathon Swimming Adventurer
9. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain), World-class Racer
10. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil), World Professional Marathon Champion

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