The ILDSA Annual Awards

As part of our vision to “Be a forum for rewarding and recognising Irish swims and swimmers”, the ILDSA hosts an annual awards event at a location in Ireland after the end of each swimming season.

The awards are the highlight of the year where the ILDSA reward, recognise and celebrate the passionate and vibrant long distance swimming community and their achievements. There are 35 categories of awards.

Voting for the 14th Annual Awards, celebrating the achievements of the 2022 season, is now open.

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Swims that took place after the 23rd September 2022 will be eligible for inclusion in the 2023 awards. 

Nominations for the following awards are provided by the public. 

ILDSA Female Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Male Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Junior Female Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Junior Male Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Senior Female Best Newcomer

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ILDSA Senior Male Best Newcomer

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ILDSA Jimmy Cranny Connaught Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Paraic Casey Munster Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Pat Manning Leinster Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Ted Keenan Ulster Swimmer of the Year

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ILDSA Performance of the Year

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ILDSA Best Organised Open Water Swim Award

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ILDSA Margaret Smith Open Water Swimming Award

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ILDSA Sheena Patterson Spirit of Open Water Swimming Award

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ILDSA Conor King Heart of Open Water Award

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ILDSA Shane Moraghan Award 

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ILDSA Johnston Williams Award for Open Water Coach of the Year

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ILDSA Jack McClelland Award

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Nominations for the following awards are not provided by the public.

In some cases they are based on recorded achievements and awarded to all swimmers who meet the criteria. In other cases the award winners are selected by the ILDSA committee in collaboration with the award’s sponsor.

ILDSA Irish Triple Crown

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Original Triple Crown

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Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honors Class

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ILDSA Denison Award

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ILDSA John Earls Award for most Arduous Swim

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ILDSA Mercedes Gleitze Award

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ILDSA Tom Blower Award

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ILDSA Wallace Award

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ILDSA Redmond Award

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ILDSA (Non North Channel) Ratified Swims Island of Ireland

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Fastnet Swim Awards

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English Channel Medals
North Channel Medals & Hats
North Channel Sub 10 Club
Dal Riata Medals
Guinness World Records
Seven Oceans Medals
12th ILDSA Annual Awards for the 2019 season, held in Kinsale in February 2020