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Simon Griffiths has increased the awareness and excitement in the sport and is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

When Simon Griffiths launched open water swimming magazine H2Open the last thing he expected was to receive a nomination for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, an accolade awarded by USA based open water swimming community portal, Open Water Source.

“It’s not as if I’ve done a huge amount of swimming,” says Griffiths. “I’ve been too busy growing the business.”

According to Open Water Source, “these awards not necessarily for the best athlete, but are meant to honour the individual who (1) best embodies the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) has most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2011.”

Specifically, Open Water Source says, “H2Open Magazine is a dream-come-true for open water swimming enthusiasts. For putting together an international team, financing and a distribution network, Simon Griffiths has increased the awareness and excitement in the sport and is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.”

The list of nominations includes world champion swimmers, record English Channel swimmers and fearless adventure swimmers. “It’s simply an honour to see my name in the same list as all these amazing swimmers and people,” says Griffiths.

Still, Griffiths is not completely without swimming skills. He recently picked up an age-group gold medal in the 200m freestyle at the UK National Masters Swimming Championships.

Notes:
H2Open Magazine offers training advice, gear reviews and racing tips to open water swimmers, as well as celebrating the pleasures of outdoor swimming and finding the best places to enjoy the water.

Frequency: bi-monthly, plus one summer special (7 issues per year)
Cover price: £3.50
Subscriptions: www.escosubs.co.uk/h2open
Web: www.h2openmagazine.com

Contacts:

Simon Griffiths, simon.griffiths@h2openmagazine.com, +44 (0)7958 312 607

Sean Ashcroft, sean.ashcroft@h2openmagazine.com, +44 (0) 07709587597

Stuart Churchill (marketing and partnerships), marketing@h2openmagazine.com

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