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Billy Wallace

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Billy Wallace, an inductee (Honor Administrator) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 1999
Billy Wallace is one of the co-founders of the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Irish Long Distance Swimming Association President Billy Wallace, observer Maureen McCoy, Michelle Macy and Sheena Paterson (left to right) after Michelle Macy's record-breaking North Channel swim
Inductee
ILDSA observer Andrew Coyle, escort pilot Quinton Nelson, Milko van Gool, and Irish Long Distance Swimming Association President Billy Wallace after van Gool's record-setting North Channel crossing on 30 July 2013
Pádraig Mallon (left) with Billy Wallace (right) at the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in Cork, Ireland

Billy Wallace is an Irish open water swimming administrator who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Administrator in 1999. Wallace currently served as the President and has served as the Honorary Secretary of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association. His mother lifeguarded for fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Mercedes Gleitze when she trained in Northern Ireland.

Irish Long Distance Swimming Association[edit]

The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA) was founded in 1966 with the aim of promoting open water swimming. Since 1966, the ILDSA has organised over 300 open water events, providing thousands of swimmers an opportunity to compete at the highest levels.

The ILDSA established development races that introduce pool swimmers to the outdoor environment. The ILDSA calendar includes races in Belfast Lough, Dublin Bay, Shannon Esturary, Gaulway Bay, Lough Neagh, Carlingford Lough, and Rathlin Sound. The consistent, high standard of the ILDSA events has been internationally recognised by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.

In addition to promoting races, the ILDSA has sought to set standards to long distance challenges. It provided relay teams that were the first to swim the North Channel and the length of Lough Neagh. The ILDSA provides observers for North Channel attempts and individual swims in all parts of Ireland.

2016 ILDSA Committee[edit]

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