Ice Swimming Hall of Fame
The objective of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor leading ice and icy water swimmers and contributors to the sport. The Ice Swimming Hall of Fame serves as a historic record and provide heroes and role models for future generations.
Class of 2019 Inductees
The inaugural Class of 2019 were honored at the International Ice Swimming Association IISA 3rd World Championship in Murmansk, Russia on 17 March 2019 and includes the following individuals and team:
- Honor Swimmer and Honor Contributor - Administrator Ram Barkai of South Africa
- Honor Event Bering Strait Relay from Russia to USA with international participation
- Honor Swimmer Aleksander Brylin of Russia
- Honor Swimmer Henri Kaarma of Estonia
- Honor Swimmer Jaimie Monahan of the USA
- Honor Contributor - Media Steven Muñatones of the USA
- Honor Swimmer Lewis Pugh of Great Britain
- Honor Contributor - Administrator Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen of Finland
Class of 2020 Inductees
- Honor Swimmer Jackie Cobell of Great Britain
- Honor Contributor – Administrator Fergal Somerville of Ireland
- Honor Swimmer Kate Steels of Great Britain
- Honor Swimmer Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria
- Honor Swimmer Christof Wandratsch of Germany
- Honor Event Antarctic Circle Challenge of South Africa
- Honor Event Murmansk Winter Swimming of Russia
Class of 2023 Inductees
- Honor Contributor - Colin Hill of Great Britain
- Honor Swimmer - Bárbara Hernández Huerta of Chile
- Honor Contributor - Ian Conroy of Ireland
- Eligibility into the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame requires that all swimmers and contributors must have an international body of work over a period of more than 5 years (that may increase in time).
- A few exceptions may occur for a single or amazing one-time swim which captures global attention.
- For swimmers, it is their record of ice swims (5°C and below) and icy swims (above 5°C) that includes podium finishes in Ice Kilometer races and winter swimming events from 25m to 450m; Ice Miles in inspirational, special locations, unprecedented pioneering swims, high altitude swims, and underwater swims under the ice. All must generally be in traditional open water swimming attire (i.e., briefs, not wetsuits).
- For contributors, this includes administrators, organizing bodies, officials, members of governing bodies, media, coaches, environmentalists and event organizers.
- Note: The individuals involved in the Bering Strait Relay are described as “Participants in an Honor Event of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.”
- Nominations are typically in the form of a single sheet outlining their accomplishments and contributions together with their contact details. Individuals can be nominated for several categories. A nomination (without being selected) is not intended to be made public, is not considered as an honor from the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame and lobbying for selection will discourage voters.
- Nominations can be directly sent via email to either Elaine Howley at email@example.com or Ned Denison at firstname.lastname@example.org. Howley and Denison will review the nominations for factual content as eligibility is dependent upon swims and contributions which are recognized by the community and are not actively contested.
The initial selection panel of the ice Swimming Hall of Fame includes
- Paolo Chiarino of Italy
- Ned Denison of Ireland
- Elaine Howley of the USA
- Pádraig Mallon of Ireland
- Leszek Naziemiec of Poland
- Kieron Palframan of South Africa
- Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia
- Jonty Warneken of the UK.
These individuals will continue as voters for two years (during which they are ineligible for individual honors). All Honor Swimmers and Honor Contributors (with the exception of events) will also become voters.
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- Christof Wandratsch, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Petar Stoychev, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Ice Swimming Hall of Fame – Class of 2020 Announced
- Kate Steels, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Murmansk Winter Swimming, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Event
- Jackie Cobell, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Fergal Somerville, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Contributor – Administrator
- Antarctic Circle Challenge, An Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Event
- Ice Swimming Hall of Fame
- Ice Swimming Hall of Fame Members Announced
- International Ice Swimming Association
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Ram Barkai, Ice Swimming Honor Swimmer & Contributor
- Bering Strait Relay, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Event
- Aleksander Brylin, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Henri Kaarma, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Jaimie Monahan, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honoree
- Lewis Pugh, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honor Swimmer
- Mariia Yrjö‐Koskinen, Ice Swimming Hall Of Fame Honoree
- Henri Kaarma Under The Ice
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