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Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, BBS, JP is an inductee (Honor Administrator) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2021

Ronnie Wong Man Chiu, BBS, JP is a former Hong Kong Olympian and water polo player and long-time FINA administrator.

Aquatics Career Highlights[edit]

2020 WOWSA Awards[edit]

He was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year category with the following nomination: Ronnie Wong has always worked hard, starting before he qualified for two Olympic Games in the 1970's. But in the Year of COVID-19, he had to work especially diligently behind the scenes, making sure that the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim event was not removed from the Olympic calendar as had been rumored. Wong, the 68-year-old chairperson for the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, worked the phones and gathered information and allies from the global open water swimming committee to convince the International Olympic Committee to, at least until the 2024 Paris Olympics, to keep with the only open water swimming event in the Games. For remaining an energetic and influential force while never calling attention to himself in continuing to promote and organize the sport at its highest levels, for working with the organizers of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics to navigate the delay of the marathon swim, and for remaining so passionate and objective after over two decades of service to the sport, Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong is a worthy nominee of the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.​

WOWSA Live Interview with Ronnie Wong[edit]


Ronnie Wong on the 6 May 2020 WOWSA Live interview with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison.

Members of TOWSC[edit]

2017-2021[edit]

The 2017-2021 FINA TOWSC members include:

Chairman: Ronnie Wong
Vice Chairman: Sid Cassidy
Honorary Secretary: Sam Greetham
Athlete Representative: Britta Kamrau
Members: Abdul Monem Khamis Al Alawi, Abdulla Al Zahmi, Luís Baptista, Jorge Delgado, Bill Ford, Avelino Monteiro, Jean-Paul Narce, Andrea Prayer, Fernando Terrilli, Samuel Ufitimana, John West, Tanya Bogomilova, Soh Yew Siang Soh, Morgan Toro Martinez, Noam Zwi, Zouheir El Moufti

2013-2017[edit]

The 2013-2017 FINA TOWSC members include:

Chairman: Ronnie Wong of Hong Kong
Vice Chairman: Jorge Delgado Panchana of Ecuador
Honorary Secretary: Andrea Prayer of Italy

Representatives of the African region:
Joaquim Pestana Costa of Angola
David Ngugi of Kenya

Representatives of the Americas region:
Fernando Terrilli of Argentina
Tomas Haces German of Cuba
Sid Cassidy of USA

Representatives of the Asian region:
Abdulmonem Al Alawi of Oman
Mubarak Abdulla Al Zahmi of United Arab Emirates

Representatives of the European region:
Jean Paul Narce of France
Samuel Greetham of Great Britain
Noam Zwi of Israel

Representatives of the Oceania region:
William Ford of Australia
John West of New Zealand

Events Sub-Committee:
Christiane Fanzeres of Brazil
Ayman Saad of Egypt
Jon Hestoy of Faroe Islands

FINA Bureau Liaison is Dennis Miller of Fiji

2009-2013[edit]

The 2009-2013 members include:

1. Ronnie Wong, Chairman
2. Jorge Aurelio Delgado Panchana, Vice Chairman
3. Flavio Bomio, Honorary Secretary
4. Sid Cassidy, Member [replacement for Steven Munatones of USA]
5. Khwaja Aziz, Member
6. Valerijus Belovas, Member
7. Tomas Haces German, Member
8. Samuel Greetham, Member
9. Zouheir El Moufti, Member
10. Andrea Prayer, Member
11. John West, Member
12. Noam Zwi, Member
13. Washington Beltran, Events Sub-Committee
14. Hatem Seifallah Mohamed Ibrahim, Events Sub-Committee
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Events Sub-Committee
16. Dennis Miller, FINA Bureau Liaison

Responsibilities[edit]

These volunteers implemented a number of new safety protocols, procedures and policies while working closely with race directors and other volunteers from around the world. Collectively, they officiate the 5K, 5K Team Time Trial, 10K, 25K and Olympic 10K Marathon Swim races at the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series, the ppFINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships]], and the Olympics.

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim[edit]

As members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, American Sid Cassidy, Australian Chris Guesdon, and Fijian Dennis Miller literally mapped out the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim concept on a napkin in a restaurant. This revolutionary plan eventually led to the sport of open water swimming being added to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Cassidy gives the background during his speech at the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in New York City:

Ambassadors of the Sport[edit]

Among their responsibilities, members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee attend competitions, meet coaches and promote the sport in various ways: speeches, clinics, publications, competitions and meetings. In June 2011, Delgado explained the role of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee, and the future of the sport at the United Nations during the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame awards ceremonies:

FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup Series[edit]

The FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup series consists of races in: Santos (Brazil)
Cancún (Mexico)
Setúbal (Portugal)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Mégantic (Canada)
Shantou (China)
Hong Kong

FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series[edit]

The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series consists of race in Rosario (Argentina)
Sante Fe-Coronda (Argentina)
Viedma (Argentina)
Hernandarias-Paraná (Argentina)
Sumidero Canyon (Mexico)
Capri-Napoli (Italy)
Lac St-Jean (Canada)
Lac Memphrémagog (Canada)
Šabac (Serbia)
Ohrid Lake (Macedonia)
Jabelah (Syria – cancelled in 2011)

New World Cross Harbour Race[edit]


by Colin Hill

FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong[edit]


by Colin Hill

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