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Today a Hall of Fame-Marathon Swimming Ireland
announces Class of 2019

Honourees

 

Class of 2019

Honour Swimmers:   Anne-marie WardGráinne MossIon Lazarenco Tiron and Ned Denison.
Honour Contributors:   Sandycove Island Swimmers (Organisation) and Stephen Millar (Adminstrator) 

 

Purpose

The Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame recognises and honours the leading marathon swimmers and contributors to the sport in Ireland. This serves as a historic record and provide heroes and role models for future generations.

 

Eligibility

All swimmers and contributors must either be Irish citizens (regardless of domicile) or have lived in Ireland for the years of meritorious involvement in the sport.  All currrent and future Honourees of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame who meet this requirement will automatically be included in the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

For swimmers, their record of solo swims of 10k of more in natural open water is considered.   The rules and costume regulations in place by the local accreditation bodies must be met.   For famous marathon swims this mean togs – however some elite swims (like FINA races) allow/require wetsuits.  For new and innovative marathon swims other rules and costume regulations will be noted and allowed on nominations.   Relay swims will not be considered.

For contributors this can include administrators, coaches, crew, media, organisations, pilots, sponsors, volunteers, etc.  The key consideration is making a real contribution/difference to the sport.

 

Nominations

Typically, this will be a single sheet outlining their accomplishments/contributions together with contact details.  Individuals can be nominated for several categories.  A nomination is not intended to be made public, is not considered as an honour from Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and lobbying for selection will discourage voters.

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They will review the nomination for factual content:  eligibility and swims/contributions which are recognised by the sporting community (i.e. not actively contested).  

 

Please note that there are more than 1,000 marathon swimmers who met the citizenship/resident eligibility criteria (two data points:  150 known marathon swimmers from County Cork alone and 96 English Channel solo swimmers).   For contributors, there were also more than 1,000 who filled roles as administrators, coaches, crew, media, organisations, pilots, sponsors, volunteers, etc.  While anyone can nominate a swimmer or contributor, please note the numbers above and the emphasis that Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame will honour only only a small number.

 

Voting

All living honorees will be given a vote – which generally will be annually.  

All accepted nominations will be placed on the next ballot and remain active for up to five years as long as there is reasonable support by the voters each year.  The Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame may opt to add to the nomination where additional marathons or contributions take place.

No discussion or feedback will be provided by any voter on the selection process – so nominators/nominees should not inquire.   The future Inductees (or family if they are no long living) will be contacted privately to ensure that they accept the honour and to further fact check and update their biographies/obtain a photo.

 

Awarding Ceremony

New Inductees will be honoured at an appropriate event – for 2019.

 

Class of 2018

Honour Swimmers:   Chris Bryan, Lisa Cummins, Kieran Fitzgerald, Jack McClelland and Deirdre Ward
Honour Contributors:   Eilís Burns (Coach), Martin Cullen (Administrator), Brian Meharg (Pilot) and Quinton Nelson (Pilot)

 

History

It was created in 2017 by the four living Inductees of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF).  Their Bios can be found at http://imshof.org/

  • Ted Keenan – Honour Swimmer (1984) > deceased
  • Billy Wallace – Honour Administrator (1999)
  • Irish Long Distance Swimming Association “ILDSA” – Honour Organization (2012)
  • Ned Denison - Honour Administrator (2012)
  • Stephen Redmond – Honour Swimmer (2017) 

They agreed an approach, generated a list of nominees and voted for the Class of 2018 Inductees.