Julia Washbourne, Eco-Swimming Aquapreneur

Julia Washbourne was among the 15 selected nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year that were announced today.

The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year honors the woman 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.

Her nomination from the World Open Water Swimming Association reads,

"Julia Washbourne thinks green in practical ways for the sporting world. With plastic bottles as much a staple at most open water swims as turn buoys, the aquapreneur from Hong Kong has developed a convenient and clever biodegradable line of houseware products that can effectively eliminate plastic bottles from sporting events. Fashionably designed, the Bamboa line of cups can be imprinted with sponsor ads and enable race directors and swimmers to be pro-active in reducing the growing degree of plasticity in the world's oceans. Even without putting on a swimsuit, Washbourne has created a unique opportunity for open water swims to be responsible stewards of the ocean. For her revolutionary solution to help kick-start race directors to go green, for her practical efforts to help reduce plastic usage at swimming events, for her stylish manufacturing of lifestyle products made of bamboo that can help turn the tide against plasticity in the oceans, Julia Washbourne is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.."

The 2012 nominees are (listed in alphabetical order of their first name):

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

Online voting will take place here at WOWSA until December 31st.

Washbourne is the founder of BAMBOA, a Hong Kong-based company that designs, manufactures and markets contemporary and attractive bamboo products ranging from tableware to lifestyle products. The mission of BAMBOA is to provide beautiful products that help rural communities, support local artisans and encourage the use of a sustainable resource. Washbourne believes that beautiful and durable household products, including products that are used at sporting events, should not come at the environment’s expense. Completely biodegradable, BAMBOA can customize its products for the sporting world where bamboo's potential to help eliminate plastic usage is added to its ability to alleviate deforestation and poverty in rural areas.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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