The World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award honors the person 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.
The nomination of the Italian non-stop dynamo from the World Open Water Swimming Association reads,
"Salvatore Cimmino is relentlessly positive and positively impatient. He continues his Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto Nei Mari del Globo) and completed two noteworthy swims this year. His first swim in 2012 was a 40km swim across Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Rwanda border. Cimmino’s second swim was a 25km crossing of the Boston Harbor in America. After getting his leg amputated at the age of 15, his passion to help others has enabled him to combine his love of swimming with a campaign to raise awareness about physical disabilities. In Israel, Italy, Argentina, Canada, New Zealand, America and Congo, he shows people what is possible and inspires people to dream big. His swims enable others to obtain prosthetic aids and to remove architectural barriers. For his ability to attract funds and scientific resources to his campaign, for his ongoing efforts to prove that disabilities do not need to define individuals, for the audacity of his dreams, Savatore Cimmino is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year."
The 2012 nominees are (listed in alphabetical order of their first name):
1. Benjamin Schulte (Guam) – Fearless Olympic Marathoner
2. Craig Dietz (USA) – The Limbless Waterman
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain) – Olympic Showman
4. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong) – Ocean Environmentalist
5. Milko van Gool (Netherlands) – Humanitarian Swimmer
6. Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) – Olympic Champion
7. Pierre Lafontaine (Canada) – Able & Ambitious Administrator
8. Ram Barkai (South Africa) – Mindful Ice Man
9. Salvatore Cimmino (Italy) – Swimming in the Seas of the Globe
10. Stephen Redmond (Ireland) - Oceans Seven Pioneer
11. Thomas Lurz (Germany) - Ambassador and Gentleman
12. Trent Grimsey (Australia) - English Channel Record Breaker
13. Wayne Riddin (South Africa) – Midmar Mile Director
14. Wayne Soutter (South Africa) – The Unthinkable
15. Morrie Chiang (Taiwan) – Sun Lake Moon Director
The 2008 recipient was Randy Nutt of the USA. The 2009 recipient was Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria. The 2010 recipient was Marcos Diaz of the Dominican Republic. The 2011 recipient was Jamie Patrick of the USA.
Cimmino is a disabled Italian marathon swimmer who became the first disabled athlete to successfully swim across the Cook Strait. His 8 hour 20 minute Cook Strait crossing, organized by Philip Rush, is part of his tour Swimming in the Seas of the Globe (A Nuoto nei Mari del Globo) to promote disability awareness.
Cimmino had his right leg amputated at the age of 15 due to cancer and began swimming later in life for therapeutic reasons before turning it into a passion for raising disability awareness.
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