WOWSA nomination for Camlough swimmer

November 4, 2013

Camlough Open Water Swimmer, Padraig Mallon, has been nominated for an International Swimming Man of the Year Award.

The swimmer is renowned throughout the local area for his open water swimming achievements, not least his incredible feat of swimming the English Channel and North Channel from Ireland to Scotland, in the space of six weeks, earlier this year.

His swimming prowess has now been recognized on an international scale with his inclusion on the shortlist for the World Open Water Swimming Association’s (WOWSA) leading male swimmer award for 2013.  According to the WOWSA list of nominees, the highly accomplished swimmer has been shortlisted “for his commitment to the sport, for his unselfish attitude and joy in bringing others to the sport, and for his own athletic accomplishments in the cold, rough waters of the British Isles.”

Padraig, who only discovered he had been nominated for the award last week, described it as a “great achievement” but insisted that the recognition of Camlough Lake as an open water swimming location in the WOWSA nomination was more important to him. He welcomed the global recognition of everything the Lake has achieved over the years, and highlighted the potential of the location as an ideal swimming resource for the whole community, especially when further water based facilities are completed at the site.

The modest open water swimmer commended all the hard work of the whole community of open water swimmers in the area and said he believed his nomination recognized their efforts and those of all the user groups and individuals who had helped to improve the Camlough Lake facilities over the last few years.

In addition to his Channel swimming achievements, Mallon became Northern Ireland’s first certified ice swimmer and also took part in the Russian Winter Championships.  He was one of the main organisers of the 2013 Irish Marathon Swim Series and is a driving force behind the hugely successful Camlough Lake Water Festival.

Padraig faces stiff competition from celebrated swimmers from USA, Russia and all over the world, but with such an impressive swimming background and extensive local support, hopes are high that this local swimming star can clinch the 2013 title.

For more information on WOWSA and to register to vote for Padraig, visit