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World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

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2018 WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
2017 WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
World Open Water Swimming Association WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe
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Annaleise Carr whose name was added to the plaque at Queen’s Royal Park in Ontario, Canada was selected as the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Photo by Alamenciak of the Toronto Star
Pilar Geijo, 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and World Champion
Anne Marie Ward, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year at the United Nations, photo courtesy of Skip Storch
Poliana Okimoto, 2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and Olympian
Edith van Dijk, 2008 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and Olympian
Ferry Weertman, Sharon van Rouwendaal and Marcel Schouten on the podium after winning the 2014 European Championships 5 km team pursuit race in Berlin, Germany

noun - The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year is an annual WOWSA Award that is meant to honor the individual(s) who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming during the year.

The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year is awarded together with the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year and World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year that is presented by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City. The 2011 ceremonies were held on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, the 2012 ceremonies were held in the United Nations in New York City, the 2013 ceremonies were held in Cork, Ireland, and the 2014 ceremonies were held on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.

Voting

The WOWSA Award for the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year is given at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference and voted online upon by tens of thousands of swimmers and fans in a public poll.

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WOWSA Recipients

2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
2. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden)
3. Bárbara Hernández Huerta (Chile)
4. Cath Pendleton (Wales)
5. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
6. Elena Savinkova (Russia)
7. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
8. Kyra Wijnker (Netherlands)
9. Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)
10. Sarah Thomas (USA)
11. Susan Simmons (Canada)
12. Valérie Grégoire (St. Kitts & Nevis)

2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

1. Alisa Fatum (Germany)
2. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
3. Bhakti Sharma (India)
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
5. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
6. Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico)
7. Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico)
8. Pilar Geijo (Argentina)
9. Rachele Bruni (Italy)
10. Sarah Thomas (USA)
11. Susan Simmons (Canada)
12. Xin Xin (China)

2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Aleksandra Bednarek (Poland)
2. Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic)
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
4. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy)
5. Caroline Block, Ph.D. (USA)
6. Eilís Burns (Ireland)
7. Hania Bakuniak (Poland)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Nadezhda Dudina (Russia)
10. Oksana Beletskaya (Russia)
11. Paula Selby (USA)
12. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
13. Rondi Davies, Ph.D. (USA)
14. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
15. Teruko Onuki (Japan)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Katherine Batts (Great Britain)
2. Dr. Caroline Block (USA)
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy)
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
6. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
7. Ludmila Maller (Russia)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Aurélie Muller (France)
10. Barbara Pozzobón (Italy)
11. Sarah Thomas (USA)
12. Julia Wittig (Germany)

2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Victoria Mori (Argentina)
2. Rachele Bruni (Italy)
3. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
4. Olga Kozydub (Russia)
5. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey)
6. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
7. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
8. Elizabeth Fry (USA)
9. Cheryl Reinke (USA)
10. Sabrina Wiedmer (Switzerland)
11. Nuala Moore (Ireland)
12. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)
13. Samantha Arévalo Salinas (Ecuador)

2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Alex Cape (Canada) Freshwater Adventurer
2. Aurélie Muller (France) Olympian and World Champion
3. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.) Prolific Marathon Swimmer
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia) Channel Swimmer & Coach
5. Elina Makïnen (Finland) Ice Swimmer
6. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.) Double Downing
7. Lorna Cochran (South Africa) Nonagenarian Swimmer
8. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) FINA Grand Prix Champion
9. Rachele Bruni (Italy) Olympian & FINA World Cup Champion
10. Renata Novakova (Czech Republic), Ice Swimming World Champion
11. Sharon Van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) Olympic Cross-over Speedster
12. Tita Llorens (Spain), Marathon Swimmer

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
2. Bhakti Sharma (India), Marathon Swimmer & Educational Reformist
3. Carina Bruwer (South Africa), Freestyling Flautist
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia), Marathon Swimmer & Coach
5. Colleen Mallon (Ireland), Channel Swimmer & Volunteer
6. Elaine Howley (U.S.A.), Communicator, Organizer, Swimmer
7. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oceans Seven Swimmer
8. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. (Russia), Ice Swimming Researcher & Physician
9. Pilar Geijo (Argentina), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
11. Sylvia Rybárová (Czech Republic), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
12. Susan Simmons (Canada), Marathon Swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis

2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Anna-Carin Nordin, The Oceans Seven First (Sweden)
2. Charlotte Brynn, Channel Swimmer and Aquatic Adventurist (New Zealand)
3. Diana Nyad, Xtreme Dreamer (U.S.A.)
4. Kimberley Chambers, Ballerina Soars in the Open Water (New Zealand)
5. Lorna Cochran, Near-nonagenarian Navigates Nirvana (South Africa)
6. Lynn Kubasek, Volunteer Extraordinaire In The Pacific (U.S.A.)
7. Martina Grimaldi, World Champion Racer (Italy)
8. Michelle Macy, Reaching the Summit of the Oceans Seven (U.S.A.)
9. Nadia Ben Bahtane, A Maternal Moroccan Miracle (Morocco)
10. Nuala Moore, Going to the Extremes (Ireland)
11. Olga Kozydub, Professional Marathon Swimming Champion (Russia)
12. Poliana Okimoto, 3-time World Championship Medalist (Brazil)
13. Sarah Thomas, Double Crosser (U.S.A.)
14. Sally Minty-Gravett, 5 Decades in the Making (Jersey)
15. Shelley Taylor-Smith, Serving with Distinction (Australia)

2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), World Professional Marathon Champion
2. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden), Oceans Seven Swimmer
3. Annaleise Carr (Canada), Young Marathon Swimmer
4. Catherine Vogt (USA), Dual Olympic Coach
5. Diana Nyad (USA), Xtreme Dreamer
6. Esther Nuñez Morera (Spain), Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
7. Grace van der Byl (USA), Marathon Record Breaker
8. Janel Jorgensen McArdle (USA), Swim Across America President
9. Julia Washbourne (Hong Kong), Eco-Swimming Aquapreneur
10. Karen Gaffney (USA), Swimming Philanthropist
11. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain), British Open Water Icon
12. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA), Channel Swimming Late Bloomer
13. Risztov Éva (Hungary), Olympic Champion
14. Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia), Pioneering Administrator
15. Tina Neill (USA), San Clemente Channel Swimmer

2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) – World Marathon Swimming Champion
2. Pamela Dickson (New Zealand) – Lady of the Lake
3. Elizabeth Fry (USA) – Two Times Makes Double
4. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) – Nursing Marathon Excellence
5. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
6. Her Serene Highness The Princess of MonacoA Royal Supporter
7. Marcy MacDonald (USA) – Freestyling Foot Doctor
8. Angela Maurer (Germany) – Mother of Marathoners
9. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) – Swedish Aloha In The Channels
10.Diana Nyad (USA) – Inspiration and Determination Redux
11.Penny Palfrey (Australia) – Marathon Swimmer Extraordinaire
12.Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) – World Champion and Olympic Favorite

2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), Professional Marathon Swimmer
2. Angela Maurer (Germany), Professional Marathon Swimmer
3. Anne Marie Ward (Ireland), North Channel Swimmer
4. Barbara Held (USA), Pacific Channel Swimmer
5. Diana Nyad (USA), Pioneer
6. Eva Fabian (USA), World Champion
7. Freda Streeter (Great Britain), Channel Motivator and Educator
8. Jackie Cobell (Great Britain), Endurer
9. Linsy Heister (Netherlands), World and European Champion
10. Mighty Mermaids (USA), Masters Team Extraordinaire
11. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Adventure Swimmer
12. Sue Oldham (Australia), Youthfully-minded Channel Swimmer

2009 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees

1. Marcia Cleveland (USA), Administrator, Promoter and Coach
2. Lisa Cummins (Ireland), Patience and Persistence Pay Off
3. Natalie du Toit (South Africa), Inspirational Athlete and Spokeswoman
4. Melissa Gorman (Australia), World Champion
5. Angela Maurer (Germany), Professional Swimmer and Mother
6. Mighty Mermaids (USA), Masters Team Extraordinaire
7. Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey), Teacher, Motivator and Coach
8. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Marathon Swimming Adventurer
9. Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain), World-class Racer
10. Poliana Okimoto (Brazil), World Professional Marathon Champion

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