ILDSA Awards - Nth Channel King and Queen titles awarded

The ILDSA 2013 Awards hosted by Camlough Lake Water Festival Team and Newry and Mourne District Council in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry were a great success and attended by upward of 150 people. Also in attendance the infamous Alison Streeter MBE and Kevin Murphy King who were made Queen of the North and English Channels and Peter Legg alongside new and regular open water swimmers from Ulster,  Munster, Leinster and Connaught  with international representation too. The witty North Channel piolt Brian Meharg of Bangor Boat acted as MC for the night.
The 2013 award winners were:
  •  JUVENILE BEST NEWCOMER TO OPEN WATER SWIMMING - Cian McConvey
  •  JUVENILE BEST NEWCOMER BEST TO OPEN WATER SWIMMING RUNNER UP - Eoin Edwards
  • JUVENILE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Lisa Comerford
  • SENIOR BEST NEWCOMER TO OPEN WATER SWIMMING - Lukasz Kowalczyk
  • ULSTER OPEN WATER SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Alison Caldwell
  • MUNSTER OPEN WATER SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Eoin O'Keeffe
  • LEINSTER OPEN WATER SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Fergal Sommerville
  •  CONNAUGHT OPEN WATER SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Lynsey Dunne
  • OPEN WATER SWIM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR - Nuala Moore and Anne Marie Ward
  • SPIRIT OF OPEN WATER SWIMMING AWARD - Ger Kennedy
  • MARGARET SMITH AWARD - for a person or group of people who increased the profile of open water swimming - Camlough Lake Water Festival Committee.
  • BEST ORGANISED OPEN WATER SWIM - Great Wicklow 10k swim
  •  FEMALE SENIOR SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Nuala Moore
  • MALE SENIOR SWIMMER OF THE YEAR - Padraig Mallon
  • KING AND QUEEN OF THE NORTH CHANNEL  - Kevin Murphy and Alison Streeter MBE

It was a real coup to have both Kevin and Alison present at the event. These people are true super-stars of open water and it ws a pleasure to meet them. To list their exploits here would take an age but they if you wish to find out more about them they are easy to find using Google.

This enjoyable evening concluded in a very social fashion ended with refreshments and a few beers. Jacqueline Galway the organiser take a bow **