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The winner of the Speedo Open Water Swim Series’ I Want To Swim The Year competition has been announced.

Triathlon wetsuits SpeedoWith the sport of open water swimming increasing in popularity by the day, it was no surprise to see hundreds of hopefuls register their interest in winning a free pass to every event in the 2012 Speedo Open Water Swim Series. Competition winner Ivor Hewitt will not only receive entry into each event, but will also get his hands on a brand new Speedo triathELITE wetsuit along with lots of other goodies and training tools from the official sponsors and partners of the series. Ivor was as surprised as he was delighted; “I haven’t won a competition since I won a biggest smile contest at school when I was about 8 so I’m really happy!”

The 2012 Speedo Open Water Swim Series is formed of six events starting with a lake swim in Eton on 27May which features the ‘10k swimmers marathon’ along with a number of shorter distances for those not ready for the full 6.2 miles. Following that is the brand new WomenOnly event on the 10June, which will see Ivor donate his free entry to someone more suited to the female-only environment! After the two lake swims, the Series moves to the River Thames for three swims at Windsor on 8July, Hampton Court on 15 July and Marlow on 26August. The Series finale takes place on 16September at Sandbanks in Poole with a sea swim in one of the most picturesque locations in the UK.

All six events in the Speedo Open Water Swim Series 2012 are now open for online entries at where you will also be able to follow Ivor’s progress as he swims the entire year! is the online home of Triathlon Plus. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.