Dingle woman in race to be open water champion

A Dingle swimmer is in the running to be crowned the world’s 2013 Woman Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

Ice swimmer Nuala Moore, who practices in a corrie lake high over the Connor Pass in Dingle, is one of only five women to have swum 1,000m in the Arctic Circle near Murmansk.

Immersed in the extreme end of the sport, she has “double crossed” the English channel — when she reached the coast of France in 2008 she turned around and swam back again.

This year she was part of an international team of just under 100 people from 17 countries to be chosen to swim the Bering Strait between Russia and the US.

She is now running second in the vote, after a Russian marathon champion swimmer, to be crowned the 2013 open water woman swimmer of the year.

Just 15 women are nominated each year by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) and must embrace the spirit of open water swimming including tenacity, a sense of adventure, and have influenced others. The vote is online and open to everybody.

Last year’s title was won by a Canadian swimmer. In this year’s race are swimmers from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Brazil, Italy and Morocco.

n www.worldopenwaterswimmingassoication.com and click on WOWSA awards section.


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