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Sven Eckardt

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Sven Eckardt in the Bodensee in Germany
Sven Eckardt is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Sven Eckardt, Dr. Svimmm

Sven Eckardt is a 47-year-old German swimmer and handicapped paraplegic with cerebral paralysis on his legs from Gärtringen whose nickname is Dr. Svimmm. He is a consultant in energy questions in hotels around the world. He holds a doctorate in engineering.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights[edit]

On 6 August 2017, he swam a 12 km widthwise crossing of Bodenseequerung (Lake Constance), the largest lake in Germany, the first attempt by a handicapped swimmer in 5 hours 33 minutes. He swam with a commercial pull buoy to support his legs.

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees[edit]

Sven Eckardt's crossing of Bodensee was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival with Kristina Evelyn & Zary Evelyn (Barbados)
2. Khitindra Chandra Baishya (Bangladesh)
3. Sven Eckardt (Germany)
4. India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship Escort Rowers (India)
5. Margarita Llorens Bagur (Spain)
6. Igor Lukin (Russia)
7. Madswimmer by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)
9. Stephen Rouch (USA)
10. Jason Snell (Great Britain)
11. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
12. Wild Swimming Brothers (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination[edit]

Sven Eckardt, known as Dr. Svimmm in his native Germany, is a paraplegic with cerebral paralysis who loves swimming. The 47-year-old hotel consultant with a doctorate in engineering crossed widthwise across Lake Constance (Bodenseequerung), the largest lake in Germany, despite having paralyzed legs. For his 5 hour 33 minute crossing that was the first crossing of the Bodensee by a handicapped swimmer, for his palpable joy in achieving his lifelong dream to complete a marathon swim, for working to encourage other disabled people to set their own goals and realize their dreams, Sven Eckardt’s Bodensee crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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