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Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program

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The Ocean City Swim Club Unified Team / Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festival was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category
The Ocean City Swim Club Unified Team / Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festival was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category

Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program (also known as the Ocean City Swim Club Unified Team / Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festival or the Blue Journey Unified Paddleboard) is a unique and special ocean swimming and prone paddling program for disabled athletes, run by the Ocean City Swim Club and the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital in New Jersey, U.S.A. It is nominated for the 2013 and 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year awards for its innovation and potential to change lives and mindsets.

2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

The Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its nomination reads,

They create transformative ocean experiences to positively impact the quality of life for those unwilling to accept being an observer. Bruckner Chase and Michelle Evans-Chase with Becky McGill, the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the City of Upper Township enable the most unlikely athletes to discover a personal connection to the ocean. By helping those with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water and guiding open water prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions, disabled athletes are leaving their wheelchairs and physical limitations on the beach to explore opportunities on and in the water. For their vision to bring the open water to a previously land-locked group, for their innovation to make paddling safe for those with severe physical challenges, for the empowering feelings and opportunities, the Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

The Ocean City Swim Club Unified Team / Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festival was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its nomination reads,

Bruckner and Michelle Chase along with Ocean Positive, Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, ABC Medical and the City of Upper Township enable a diverse community of athletes to unite in discovering a personal connection to the ocean. The boldly innovative program in New Jersey creates transformative evidence-based ocean engagement experiences to positively impact the fitness, well-being and quality of life. For those unwilling to accept just being an observer on shore, the program brings together ocean lifeguards, triathletes and swimmers of all ages and abilities to help those with spinal cord injuries learn how to train and race through swimming and surf lifesaving-inspired sports. Through the Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festival, able-bodied and challenged athletes compete side-by-side as paddlers and swimmers. Spinal cord injured athletes leave their wheelchairs behind to explore their potential as ocean athletes while members of the community learn the value in training together. For their vision to unite communities by linking them to the open water, for their innovative use of the water to overcome isolation, for their belief in the strength, passion and vision that can positively impact our world, the Ocean City Swim Club Unified Team / Legion of Ocean Heroes Surf Lifesaving Festivals are a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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