About the author:

Nirbhasa is originally from Ireland but currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is an enthusiastic multi-day runner, having completed four times the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - the longest race in the world.

Abhejali Bernardová from the Sri Chinnmoy Marathon Team has been nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Association's 'Woman of the Year' award for the second time in 43 years. In September, Abhejali (44) completed a 1111 km 'channel triathlon' and took her 7 days, 12 hours and 5 minutes - swimming, biking and running from Dover all the way to Prague in her home country of Czech Republic.

Abhejali's previous nomination was in 2018, after she completed the 'Ocean's Seven' list of famous endurance swims around the world - a journey that started with her first English Channel swim in 2011.

Abhejali is definitely in good company this year - the other 14 nominees include Olympic champion Ana Cunha from Brazil and the new "Queen of the Channel", Chloe McCardel from Australia, who recently broke the record for the most crossings.

Voting is open to the public and concludes on January 31. If you would like to vote, you can register on the Association website....