There are so many outstanding open water swimmers in 2011 that the nomination committee had an extremely difficult time selecting the final 12 nominees for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. The nominees below were announced on November 1st 2011.
Over the millions of open water swimming performances, there were literally hundreds of swimmers who could have been nominated, but these women stood out. Their exploits, histories and lifestyles are incredibly inspirational to read.
This award is not necessarily for the best athlete, but are meant to honor 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 in 2011.
While the nominees have enjoyed long remarkable careers in the sport of open water swimming as athletes, coaches, promoters, writers, directors and/or administrators, voting is based on their achievements during 2011.
- Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil) – World Marathon Swimming Champion
- Pamela Dickson (New Zealand) – Lady of the Lake
- Elizabeth Fry (USA) – Two Times Makes Double
- Pat Gallant-Charette (USA) – Nursing Marathon Excellence
- Pilar Geijo (Argentina) – World Professional Marathon Swimming Champion
- Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco – A Royal Supporter
- Marcy MacDonald (USA) – Freestyling Foot Doctor
- Angela Maurer (Germany) – Mother of Marathoners
- Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) – Swedish Aloha In The Channels
- Diana Nyad (USA) – Inspiration and Determination Redux
- Penny Palfrey (Australia) – Marathon Swimmer Extraordinaire
- Keri-Anne Payne (Great Britain) – World Champion and Olympic Favorite