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H2Open 2012 Awards Update

What a great response to the H2Open 2012 Open Water Swimming Awards: almost 50 nominations received already. Keep them coming in.

The one notable exception is for the “Best International Event of the Year”. We know we have plenty of readers outside the UK, and we also suspect quite a few British swimmers travel to events around the world. We’d love to hear from you what you think are the best open water swimming events in the world. Also, we only have one nomination so far for Inspirational Swim of the Year. Roger Allsopp becoming the oldest man (at 70) to swim the English Channel is certainly inspirational but we’re sure there are others.

Remember, anyone can make a nomination. Complete a nomination form here.

See below for a summary of entries so far.

Award No. of nominations Nominations
Charity Swim of the Year 12


Big Ricks swim team

Cake Pigeons

David Walliams

Great Pier Swim, Southend On Sea (8 nominations)

Best UK Event 17

Henley Swim Bridge to Bridge (2 nominations)

British Gas Great East Swim (2 nominations)

British Gas Great Swim Series

Clevedon Annual Long Swim

Henley Swim – Classic (6 nominations)

British Gas Great Salford Swim

Southend Great Pier Swim (2 nominations)

SwimFesT Series, Lakeside

The British Gas Great North Swim

Best International Event 0
Coach of the Year 6

Dawn Rolph

Gill Kelly

Pauline Squire

Ray Gibbs

Tri n Swim Well (2 nominations)

Innovation of the Year 3

Queenford Lake Relays (2 nominations)

Swimovate Poolmate

Inspirational Swim of the Year 1 Roger Allsopp
Open Water Ambassador of the Year 5

Colin Hill

Pauline Squire (2 nominations)

Richard Stannard

Stephen Parry

Open Water Swimmer of the Year 5

Barbara Williams

Christopher Smith

Howard Keech

Paul Bates

Roger Allsopp

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