Frank Flowers‘ year-round efforts to organise swims in the Cayman Islands was among the 15 selected nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. And although he is in the top ten, he needs more nominations to win the coveted prize which closes at the end of the year.
The award honours efforts and swims – successful or not, short or long – that best embody the spirit of open water swimming, are representative of the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming.
Flowers was nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association award because the annual Flowers One Mile Sea Swim is the richest open water swimming event in the world.
It happens because of Frank’s year-round drive and vision. He lassoes his vast network of business associates, government officials, tourism industry and volunteers of all ages and walks of life to make the Cayman Islands the hot spot in the open water swimming calendar every June.
A pioneer in open water swimming in the Cayman Islands, Flowers learned to swim as late as 39 when running took its toll on his knees. That was 20 years ago. The Flowers Sea Swim was the result of this conversion from runner to swimmer.
With his vision and relentless drive, swimmers from the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Asia and North America gather along the course of the stunningly gorgeous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman to compete in a race that offers over $100,000 in prizes.
Forever generous, Flowers focuses his efforts on the needs and desires of the participants and the charities that he raises bucket loads of money for. The Flowers family over-delivers on its promise for a memorable extravaganza with overwhelming hospitality for Olympians and over 800 swimmers.
For his persuasive abilities to create an infrastructure and support for a signature event on the world’s calendar, for his generosity in donating the proceeds from the event to those in need, the year-round work of Frank Flowers is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
Reducing the number of nominees to 15 was extraordinarily difficult due to the incredible efforts and exploits of thousands of women in the sport. Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, administrators, coaches, pilots and swimmers from all walks of life thoroughly impressed their peers, the public and the media with their open water swimming exploits throughout 2012.
The 2009 recipient was the Cayman Islands’ Special Olympics Andrew Smilley who completed the RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco, California. The 2010 recipient was the 202-mile relay swim by the Ventura Deep Six that swam down the coast of California. The 2011 recipient was Tunisia’s Nejib Belhedi who swam the 1400K Swim Across Tunisia.
Online voting is now open until 31 December. To show support and appreciation to Frankie Flowers, vote for him by clicking here!