Montserrat Tresserras Shield

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Montserrat Tresserras

noun - Montserrat Tresserras Shield is an award given by the Channel Swimming Association to the Fastest Men's Relay (not 6 swimmers) who cross the English Channel in a given year. Its namesake is Montserrat Tresserras Dou, a Spanish open water swimmer who was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in 1970 to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Montserrat Tresserras Dou

Montsrrat was a pioneer of many marathon swims and was the first Spanish women to swim the Strait of Gibraltar in 1957 in 5 hours 18 minutes and the first Spaniard to swim the English Channel in 1958. In 1961, she again crossed the English Channel in the opposite direction from France to England to become the first women to swim the English Channel in both directions. In 1969, she swam the Menorca Channel from the island of Menorca to the island of Majorca in Spain in 21 hours and 10 minutes and across Lough Neagh in 16 hours and 13 minutes. She also swam from Santa Fe to Coronda in Argentina and from Concordia in Argentina to Columbus, Uruguay.

She served on the Board of Directors of both the Channel Swimming Association and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and acted as an official observer on many attempts to swim the English Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar prior to her death.

She also was a 2011 recipient of the Real Orden del Merito Deportivo awarded to her by H.R.A. Infanta Cristina representing the Spanish Government.

Channel Swimming Association Awards

The Channel Swimming Association gives out the following awards at the end of its swimming season:

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