Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming 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 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.
The nomination from the World Open Water Swimming Association reads,
"Ten teenagers – 5 boys and 5 girls including some who had never seen the ocean before – completed a 15 km swim across the Bay of Bengal to help kick-start the beauty of open water swimming in that tropical part of the world. After starting on Shahpari Island of Teknaf with its insanely long beaches (at 80 km) and finishing on Saint Martin Island, a coral island holiday spot in Bangladesh, all ten swimmers finished the Bangla Channel swim between 3 – 4 hours. Organized by the Bangladesh Swimming Federation, the swim introduced another part of paradise to the global open water swimming community. For the teenager’s joy and enthusiasm in tackling a tough swim of previously unthinkable distance, for the policies and procedures established by the organizers to create a safe swim that can be duplicated by others, the Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming 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, 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
Faisal Ahmed, Ariful Islam, Titu Miah, Subbir Hossain, Nur Islam, Rumana Akter, Papia Akter, Loboni Akter Chamily, Loboni Akter Jui, and Kulsum Khatun are the Bangladeshi swimmers who completed the 15 km Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming, sponsored and organized by the Bangladesh Swimming Federation and the Bangladesh Life Saving Society under the direction of Md. Golam Mostafa. The events starts on the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world with gorgeous views of the mountains in Burma off in the distance.
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