September 2016 Letter from the Chairman

Annual Induction Ceremony 2016

With honoree classes starting with 1963, the aquatics peak body, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, has been recognizing superb marathon swimmers and marathon swimming contributors for seemingly unbelievable feats of swimming endurance or organization ability from administrators.

On November 4,  we continue that tradition with the latest four inductees to be included on the honor roll — Chloë McCardel (AUS), Tomi Stefanovski (MKD), Attila Mányoki (HUN), and Charlie Gravett (UK).

They join 248 others who have already been recognized since our inception in 1963 and whose names are inscribed on the prestigious honor roll.

Marathon Swimming Events— Swimwear

The Executive of the IMSHOF recently confirmed that when completing a biography of a swimming candidate, the swimwear of the proposed nominee used in the events named must comply with the criteria laid down and posted on the IMSHOF website here.

Marathon Swimming— Drug Tests

Furthermore, the IMSHOF endorses the rules of W.A.D.A. Therefore any swimmer who has ever tested positive for a prohibited substance during their career will not be eligible to be considered for induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. If you have more questions or concerns please email me here.

Anyone can nominate a candidate for consideration. Those nominators considering nominating a candidate must provide a thorough marathon swimming biography as well as a compelling reason why your nominee should be inducted into the IMSHOF.

Cheers, Chris

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2016 Award Ceremony Tickets and Hotel Reservations Now Open.

Launching off the success of last year’s IMSHOF Award Ceremony, the 2016 event will be held in San Pedro, California on the evening of Friday, 4th of November commencing at 5:30pm in the grand ballroom of the San Pedro, Doubletree Hotel.

A full-service two-course dinner plus complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks will be offered at $50.00 per ticket.  Your IMSHOF hotel discount code is IMS.  Buy Your Tickets Here.



Honoree Swimmer

Attila Manyoki is an award winning, prolific World Cup swimmer active in major marathons since 1991 and continues with the Seven Oceans as his next goal.

While most of his competitions were in the warmer waters, he also proved himself in the colder waters of the USA, Canada and UK.

View video here.


Honoree Swimmer

Chloë McCardel (born 10 May 1985) is an accomplished open water swimmer from Australia who has completed a total of 13English Channel crossings, including 2 two-way crossings and one three-way crossing.
In 2010, she won the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7:53, winning in a dramatic 5-second victory over second-place Jaime Caballero of Spain.
She was nominated for the 2014 and 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and was featured in the 2016 Marathon Swimmers Federation Calendar.
She won the Marathon Swimmers Federation Solo Swim of the Year award for the most outstanding solo marathon swim of 2015.
Read Chloe’s extensive biography here.


Honoree Swimmer

Tomi’s marathon career spans four decades and he has achieved 30 podium marathon finishes (16 wins).

Incredibly his best years came after turning 40 – 2 wins; 2 second places; 3 third places in the FINA Grand Prix series. At 43, Tomi set the record as the oldest ever winner of a Grand Prix marathon and he was ranked 2nd in the series.

Read more here


Honoree Contributor

Charlie Gravett is an escort pilot and Vice President of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club located on the isle of Jersey.

He is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association SER, British Long Distance Swimming Association and the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.

He is the swim coordinator for Round Jersey and Jersey-to-France crossings.

Learn more here


Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award

David Yudovin is recognized as one of the most prolific open water marathon swimmers in history. He is known for pioneering channel swimming firsts that span the globe.

An American marathon swimmer, Yudovin is1999 Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame; 2014 Honor Open Water Swimmer in the International Swimming Hall of Fame; a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation; a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and a member of the Half Century Club.
Read more here


Poseidon Award

In a single calendar year, Chloe posted an unprecedented set of marathon swimming accomplishments:

2015: Triple crossing of the English Channel – 36 hours 12 minutes

This has not been accomplished in the previous 25 years. Chloë became the fourth swimmer to accomplish this feat joining IMSHOF honour swimmers: Alison Streeter, Philip Rush and Jon Erikson.

2015: Established record for fastest female. Three solo crossings (making a total 6 crossings for the season) of the English Channel in one week (no other swimmer has accomplished the same) – all under 10 hours. She has been active in marathon swimming since 2009 with other noted accomplishments

Read More Here

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