This year’s award honors Stéphane Lecat, a champion open water swimmer who has dedicated his career to teaching and coaching and is now the National Team Open Water Program Director for the French Swimming Federation. He is responsible for the administrative work, development and organisation for more than 35 races every year in France and the preparation strategy for the French National Team’s main international events every year.
As a swimmer, Stéphane won 3 FINA World Cup Series, 3 Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean, 4 Rio Corondo, 3 Traversée Internationale du Lac Memphrémagog swim, 25k European Championship, 10 times French Champion and 2 Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City. He won 17 World Cup events and completed a very fast English Channel in 8 hours 19 minutes. This led to his induction into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Stéphane’s work with the French National Team is producing exceptional results. In 2016 they won medals at all levels of international competition: young, juniors, and seniors. The medal count was: Olympic Games in Rio 1 bronze medal 10Km men; European Seniors Championships Open Water 2 gold medals and 2 bronze medals; World Juniors Championships Open Water 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal; European Juniors Championships 2 gold medals and COMEN 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 1 bronze medal plus top team.
In the 2017 season, they were the top teams at both the World Championships with 4 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal and the European Championships Juniors with 4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal.
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