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Jessi Harewicz

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Jessi Harewicz and Richard Harewicz's marathon swimming successes were nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category
Jessi Harewicz was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category together with her father Richard Harewicz
Jessi Harewicz swimming around Bowen Island in 21 hours 0 minutes 25 seconds in 11-12°C water in September 2018
Jessi Harewicz
Jessi Harewicz

Jessi Harewicz is a 38-year-old Canadian open water swimmer from Vancouver and a member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming who serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

Beautiful Tough

Women In The Open Water


with Melissa Kegler, Erika Norris, Jessi Harewicz, Wendy Van De Sompele, Guila Muir in a West Seattle panel discussion on 24 March 2017.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Jessi Harewicz and Richard Harewicz's marathon swims were nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award as follows:

A father's unconditional love and paternal desire to protect his daughter are among the most powerful and profound emotions on Planet Earth. 67-year-old Richard Harewicz and his daughter Jessi embody that strong connection on dryland and - especially - in the open water. Dad guides daughter, looking after her, feeding her, motivating her. The Canadian duo were inseparable on Jessi's journey to the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming when she completed the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim, English Channel and Catalina Channel crossings. But their bond was ever so clear and evident on Jessi's Long Swim Home across the Strait of Georgia in Vancouver. The 59 km unprecedented crossing in British Columbia in the Salish Sea took 30 hours 13 minutes. For the father-and-daughter team that share a deep passion for open water swimming, for the paternal love and protection that are so evident to everyone around them, and for their volunteer work in support of other swimmers and the open water swimming community in Vancouver and the American Northwest, the father-and-daughter marathon swims by Jessi and Richard Harewicz is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

Harewicz was named to the 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The women are listed below, alphabetically by last name:

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
3. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
7. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
9. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
10. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
11. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
12. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
13. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
15. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
16. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
17. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
18. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
19. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
20. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
21. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
27. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
29. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
30. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
31. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
32. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
33. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
34. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
35. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
36. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
37. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
38. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
42. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
43. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
44. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
45. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
46. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
47. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

Marathon Swim Stories

She appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

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