Open water swimming pioneer Colin Hill has been named the recipient of the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award in recognition of his work helping to host some of the world’s most prestigious open water races, including his time as the Technical Operations Manager at the London 2012 Olympic 10k Marathon Swim held at the Serpentine in Hyde Park.
The award is given annually by the International Swimming Hall of Fame to honour and recognise the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to marathon swimming and to serve as a perpetual memorial to Irving Davids and Captain Roger Wheeler.
Colin is the founder of the Great Swim series and was project manager there from 2008 to 2011. He was also the Swim Director at Swim Serpentin between 2016 and 2017, was Technical Operations Manager at the Glasgow 2018 European OWS Championships, and is currently a FINA Open Water Consultant, and Director of Swim Secure Limited.
As well as working in open water events, Colin is also an enthusiastic participant in the sport. He is a successful English Channel soloist, has completed a two-way Windermere solo and has taken part in many open water races and crossings around the world, including a 25km Madeira swim.
Colin has also been World and UK Age Group Champion for 450m Cold Water Swimming, has been a UK Age Group Champion, and in February 2013 became the first UK male to officially complete an Ice Mile.