We just learned that Swim4Good has been nominated by the World Open Water Swimming Association as one of the finalists for the 2013 Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award.
WOWSA describes the award as follows:
The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year are always an heroic and amazing group of individuals with exceptionally inspirational exploits, histories and lifestyles. This year presents an especially accomplished field of individuals. The WOWSA Awards are not necessarily only for the best athletes, but are meant to honor the men and women who:
* best embody the spirit of open water swimming,
* possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and
* have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in any calendar year.
We are both honored and humbled to be included in this list and we congratulate the 14 other nominees for their impressive performances.
The main objective of our Strait of Gibraltar swim was to raise money for Worldreader. Worldreader has a big mission: to eradicate illiteracy and they believe that in our lifetime, we could live in a literate planet. We think its possible too: in under 2 years, this organization has 12.000 kids reading with e-readers and 200.000 more people across the developing world reading on their cell phones. The $107,000 we raised for Worldreader is enough to blanket more than 10 classrooms in Ghana and in Kenya with life-changing books. The first of these classrooms is launching as we speak- we’ll have photos from Adeiso Primary School on Friday! Be sure to check back and see the photos.
Sports can be an ideal ally of social good. The combination of a unique athletic challenge and an innovative approach to solving social problems resonates with the general public and with influential athletes. We are firm believers in the power of sports to inspire people to do good. Swim4Good’s objective is to help swimmers raise money for non-profit initiatives, while they fulfill a unique swim challenge themselves.
As mentioned before, we are humbled to be included in this list of amazing swimmers. If you believe in the power of sports and want to help us help other swimmers and non-profits, please vote for Swim4Good by following these steps:
2) After you register, you will be asked to logon (you will need to enter your user name and password)
We would also take this opportunity to share the video that Victor Rins did for us. Victor is an accomplished video director from Barcelona who wanted generously offered to contribute with Swim4Good by making a video of our Gibraltar Swim: