Announcing our reader-nominated outdoor swimming Swim Stars

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Last month we asked you, the readers of Outdoor Swimmer magazine, to send us your nominations for your unsung swimming heroes. Whether it was a member of your club or group who works tirelessly behind the scenes, a swimmer who inspires you on to greater things, a campaigner, an inspiring coach, or even your group’s best baker, we wanted to celebrate the people who make a difference to your outdoor swimming world and who deserve their contribution to be shared with our readers.

Thank you to all those who sent in their unsung heroes nominations for this issue. We are proud to announce the winners of our 2020 Swim Stars awards, who we hope will inspire you to take the plunge and swim outdoors and to make a difference to the lives of the people you swim with.

You can read the full article in the February issue of Outdoor Swimmer magazine.

Katia Vastiau

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Lois Rock has nominated Katia Vastiau as an unsung hero for her tireless enthusiasm at Open Water Club Oxford and her sheer passion for outdoor swimming.

We were personally very pleased to receive Lois’s nomination of Katia, as her passion and enthusiasm for outdoor swimming also extends to her support of Outdoor Swimmer magazine.

Julie Chilvers

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Filipa Vance has nominated her swimming coach, Julie Chilvers, as her unsung hero for her work at Frome Swimming Club and inspiring Filipa to take part in OW events after recovering from bone cancer.

Nicole Morelli

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Lorna Kyle has nominated Nicole Morelli from Causeway Coast and Glens, Northern Ireland, as her unsung hero, for founding the Menopausal Mermaids swimming group and the profound impact the group has had on the lives of its members.

Lottie Thompson

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Sara Barnes has nominated Lottie Thompson as her unsung hero for inspiring her beyond the call of friendship through their informal swimming group.

Chris Smith

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Toni Drew has nominated Chris Smith from Warrington as her unsung hero for his dedication to teaching and organising events for local swimmers – all of which he does for free and in his spare time.

Read the full article in the February issue of Outdoor Swimmer magazine!

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Issue 40 July 2020

  • Wild swimming in central England - our favourite spots
  • Mind the gap - socially distanced coaching
  • Racism in swimming
  • A history of other Olympic games disrupted by world events
  • Tried & tested - kit reviews of wetsuits, shoes and more!

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