Aside from saving lives, [Rick] Walker was named the 2009 Americas Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Jan. 1 by Steven Munatones, Editor in Chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming, the main news engine for the open water swimming world.
Walker was one of five men around the world that were recognized with the award. He finished second to Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria, who won the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award.
Walker said it was a great feeling to be recognized, but he believes that the people around him share the recognition.
“I am truly honored to be recognized, but the award is also a testament to the hard work of my staff for covering for me as well as the support of my wife and two children,” Walker said.
Here is a link to his site: [Link]