Toa O Le Tai, Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominee

Passion for the open water pours out of Bruckner Chase like water out of a coconut. The ocean advocate literally travels the world, from Greece to the South Pacific, to positively impact how people feel, think and act towards the ocean around them.

The Ocean Advocate and Endurance Waterman's Toa o le Tai ("Hero of the Sea") Program in American Samoa is among the nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The new award is meant to identify products and services that (1) best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals, (2) are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators, and (3) have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year.

The nominations are meant to recognize some of the best and innovative commercial and free offerings that open water swimmers can enjoy.

Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, administrators, coaches, pilots, and swimmers from all walks of life have used, purchased and benefited from an increasingly number of products and services introduced over the few years.

The nomination of the Toa o le Tai Program reads,

"3,000-year ocean history of American Samoa has been embraced to lead the community's youth into the ocean as open water swimmers under the inspirational leadership, vision and aquapreneurship of Bruckner and Michelle Chase. Their Toa o le Tai program, created based on a request by Governor Togiola T. A Tulafono and funded by a grant from the American Samoa Department of Commerce, is an innovative approach to creating proficient swimmers and ocean athletes capable of protecting themselves, their community and their oceans by instilling in them the strength to act, the passion to care and the vision to inspire. For its unique educational curriculum for adolescent and young adult students that involves hands-on training in the ocean, for its inspiration to the people with deep ties to the ocean, for its idealistic model as an educational tool to inspire the next generation of watermen and women, Toa o le Tai is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year."


The 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
nominees are (listed in alphabetical order):

1. Big River Man by Martin Strel
2. Channel Swimmers’ Chat Group by Nick Adams
3. Cork Distance Week by Ned Denison
4. FINIS SwiMP3 X18 by John Mix
5. Foggle by Karen Smidt-Allard
6. In My Element by Theodore Yach
7. iSwimToo by Stephen Coulter
8. Marathon Swimmers Forum by Evan Morrison & Donal Buckley
9. Midmar Mile Facebook Integration by Wayne Riddin
10. Night Train Swimmers by Vito Bialla
11. Ocean Care Solutions by Ron Adley
12. Open Water Swimming Insurance by Travis England
13. Oceans Seven Project by Red Bull Media House
14. RC Helicam by Andrew Martens
15. SWIM Channel by Patrick Wrinkler
16. SwimIT by Rick Senn
17. SwimPhone by Club Assistant
18. SwimTrek by Simon Murie
19. TakeItLive by Chris Lundie
20. Toa o le Tai Program by Bruckner Chase
21. The Henley Swim by Tom Kean


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

Toa o le Tai Program is managed by Bruckner Chase and Michelle Evans-Chase. It is a grant awardee of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation's Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund and offers swimming clinics and inspirational presentations to youth, businesses and community groups in Independent & American Samoa to inspire others to discover their own personal connection to the oceans. It includes an innovative high school curriculum that highlights opportunities for marine safety and conservation action to benefit both human and ocean health.

Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source

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