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Mally Richards

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Mally Richards' 66th career River Mile was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category
Mally Richards was nominated for the 2013 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year category
Mally Richards holds the world record for Participation Longevity In An Open Water Swim

Malcolm Richards is an 82-year-old South African open water swimmer from Jeffreys Bay who established the longevity record for participation in a single open water swimming event, the SPAR River Mile. His nickname is the Legend of the River Mile. His 52-year-old son Kevin Richards has won the event 6 times.

SPAR River Mile

The SPAR River Mile is Africa's oldest open water swimming event that started in 1924 by AE Murrell in Redhouse on the Swartkops River in South Africa. Richards swam his first River Mile in 1947 and is entered in his 63rd event in 2016. His streak of swimming in 60 SPAR River Mile events led to a nomination for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Participation Longevity In An Open Water Swim

Richards holds the world record for the Participation Longevity In An Open Water Swim with his 66 years of participating in the SPAR River Mile in South Africa as of 2019.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Richards' 66th River Mile was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award as follows:

Since 1947, Mally Richards has been competing in the The River Mile in South Africa's Nelson Mandela Bay. The 85-year-old Richards just keeps on going on and on, coming back annually without failure and without stopping. The Jeffreys Bay grandfather extended his current world record for Participation Longevity in an Open Water Swim after completing his 66th edition in Africa's oldest open water competition. For setting an unprecedented streak in the open water swimming world that may never be broken - other than by himself, for quietly, humbly and competitively participating in a local swim in Nelson Mandela Bay - together many times with his son (a 6-time winner) and two grandsons, and for continuing to be an impressive role model of good living who thoroughly enjoys swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle, the 66th River Mile by Mally Richards is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Richards was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year. His nomination read, “Decade after decade, Mally Richards takes his traditional spot on the line-up for the SPAR River Mile Festival. He smiles, he waves, he acknowledges the competition. But after 60 years of attending and participating in the oldest open water swimming event in Africa, this year the 80-year-old swimmer stands alone in terms of longevity at a single event. Since he started participating as a teenager in 1947, he has set a standard and plays a role model of good living in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. For his unadulterated joy in swimming, for his goals to swim until he passes away, for his participating in open water events together with his son and grandsons, Mally Richards is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.“

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