After receiving the Mercedes Gleitze Trophy for Female Pioneer Swim , Mercedes’ 12 year old great-granddaughter (striking resemblance of Mercedes) along with her family congratulated me as the first recipient of this prestigious award. It was an incredible and overwhelming moment meeting her family. Receiving this award was the highlight of my swim career. Many years ago I read about Mercedes Gleitze and her incredible legacy. I greatly admired her determination and spirit in promoting marathon swimming. A special thank you to the Channel Swimming Association and Mercedes Gleitze’s family.