Lexie Kelly, Open Water Swimming Archivist

The year-round work of Lexie Kelly was among the 15 selected nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year is meant to honor efforts and swims - successful or not, short or long - that (1) best embody the spirit of open water swimming, (2) are representative of the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming.

Her nomination from the World Open Water Swimming Association reads as follows,

"365 days per day behind the scenes, Lexie Kelly helps promote open water swimmers and archives a plethora of information on all aspects of the open water community. Quietly and without fanfare or expectations, she organizes conferences and awards ceremonies to honor open water luminaries. Day and night, weekday and weekend, holidays and not, she works tirelessly to maintain a variety of data bases on events, terms and athletes. She writes articles while traveling to 4 continents and researches swimmers to freely share on Openwaterpedia and the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. She answers thousands of emails throughout the year - day in and day out - offering advice and helping swimmers realize their dreams. For her non-stop passion to document and archive information on the sport, for her year-round enthusiasm to promote events and encourage her fellow swimmers, for her infectiously cheerful outlook that breeds a joyful ambiance wherever she goes, Lexie Kelly’s year-round work is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.."

The nominations are meant to recognize and honor some of the best swims and efforts that the global open water swimming world has seen. Reducing the number of nominees to 15 was extraordinarily difficult due to the incredible efforts and exploits of thousands of women in the sport. Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, administrators, coaches, pilots and swimmers from all walks of life thoroughly impressed their peers, the public and the media with their open water swimming exploits throughout 2012.

The 2009 recipient of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year was the Cayman Islands' Andrew Smiley who completed the RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco, California. The 2010 recipient was the 202-mile relay swim by the Ventura Deep Six that swam down the coast of California. The 2011 recipient was Tunisia's Nejib Belhedi who swam the 1400K Swim Across Tunisia.

The 2012 WOWSA Performance of the Year nominees are
(listed in alphabetical order of their first name):

1. Alina Warren (Scotland), Swimming Great Glen Way
2. Brenton Williams (South Africa), Deep Blue Flying
3. Dan Projansky (USA), Flying Down The Red River
4. Dutch Ladies First (Netherlands), English Channel Relay Record
5. Frank Flowers (Cayman Islands), Blossoming In The Cayman Islands
6. Haley Anderson (USA), Silver Lining At the Olympics
7. James Pittar (Australia), Shelley Beach Swim
8. Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil (Spain), The Heart of Navia
9. Lexie Kelly (USA), Open Water Swimming Archivist
10. Night Train Swimmers (USA/New Zealand), SF to SB Relay
11. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Marathon Adventurer
12. Philippe Coizon (France), Bering Strait Crossing
13. Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming in Bangladesh
14. Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Tsugaru Channel Crossing
15. Trent Grimsey (Australia), English Channel Record

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

Kelly was the Flowers Sea Swim Coordinator and organizer of the Bridging The Cayman Islands event in the Cayman Islands. She also reported on the 2011 FINA Swimming Championships, London 2012 Olympic Marathon Swim, FINA Grand Prix races as well as holds two open water swimming records - one for swimming from Cayman Brac to Little Cayman in the Cayman Brac Channel and one as part of the Long Beach Swim Focus Catalina Relay that set the overall Catalina Channel record of 6 hours 53 minutes 4 seconds.

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