The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year is meant to honor efforts or 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,
"The Great Glen Way presents all kinds of natural beauty. Previously, the 117 km path is exclusively traversed on land or via boat or bike. But for Alina Warren, the Great Glen Way presented a different sort of opportunity and challenge. Made up of Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy with a number of whitewater rapids, Warren envisioned swimming the Great Glen Way. It was her aqueous solution to the traditional walk. Fast-flowing for sure, but dangerous in every way. But with the support of her father, the university student imagined a new way to complete the Great Glen Way. Sporting a helmet in addition to a swim cap, she worked to obtain government permission and completed an unprecedented 8-day stage swim. For her creativity in planning and receiving permission for a new adventure, for her diligence in completing the 117 km stage swim, for the audacity of her dreams, Alina Warren’s Great Glen Way stage swim 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 efforts and swims 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, coaches, administrators, 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 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
Warren is a Scottish open water swimmer who swam along the entire Great Glen Way including all 16 lochs in the Trossachs, 3 river Severn swims, Llyn Celyn and the Welsh coast. During her Great Glen Way 8-day stage swim, she raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboats.
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