My goal is to become one of the Top Three professional marathon swimmers in the world. My coach and I strongly believe this is possible in 2014.
Marathon swimming is among the world’s purest endurance and most arduous sports – where athletes pit themselves against the elements and distances that are mind-boggling.
In my rookie year, I was ranked 7th in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit despite not finishing 2 races and missing the last race due to work.
The FINA Grand Prix professional circuit is the longest, toughest marathon swimming series in the world with 8 races that are 15 km (9 miles), 57 km (35.4 miles), 88 km (54.6 miles), 15 km (9 miles), 32 km (19.8 miles), 34 km (21 miles), 30 km (18.6 miles) and 36 km (22.3 miles) in length. The races are held in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers in South America, North America and Europe, and are held between February and September.
As a first-year professional marathon swimmer, I traveled to Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Macedonia, Croatia, Cayman Islands, Brazil…and San Francisco. In addition, I competed in races from Southern California to south Florida as part of my training while I worked full-time at the World Open Water Swimming Association and for the Daily News of Open Water Swimming.
So, while I was actually competing against the world’s best endurance athletes in the world… I was also working as a reporter. Frankly, it was a difficult time balancing work, travel, financial worries and athletic competition.
But during my rookie year, I not only appeared on a documentary film broadcast in France, but I also appeared in several magazines and websites representing the sport of open water swimming. The lifestyle was challenging and I learned a lot, and am hungry to compete in 2014 against the world’s best swimmers.
In order to reach my goal of becoming one of the Top Three professional marathon swimmers in the world, I need your help. Not only do I have to pay for my own travel expenses to 3 continents, I also have to pay my coach’s expenses due to USA Swimming rules require that I am always accompanied by a qualified American coach. Last year, my travel expenses alone were over $24,000 despite traveling as inexpensively as possible. While some of my competitors are supported by their national federations and others by corporate sponsors, I shoulder my own burden while working at the same time.
With your financial help (or airline miles or rental car vouchers), I can focus on my training and become one of the world’s best professional marathon swimmers.
With your help, I can represent the sport as well as possible.
With your help, I can realize my dream.
Thank you very much for your help.