Gallipoli Memorial Swim
5 Ws and One H About the Event
Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC) is organizing an international swimming event, "Gallipoli 1915 Memorial Swim" in the Anzac Cove, Gallipoli to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli.
TOC believes in the importance of commemoration of Gallipoli 1915, a battle eventually to set an example how the combatant countries can transform war into peace and turn Gallipoli into a scene of enduring friendship.
"Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives . You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore, rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries. Wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well." This tribute to the perished soldiers by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was a commander of Ottoman forces at the Dardanelles and later the founder of the new Republic of Turkey, grace memorials in Anzac Parade-Canberra, Tarakena Bay-Wellington and Anzac Cove-Gallipoli.
And "Gallipoli 1915 Memorial Swim", an event with the theme of `Peace and Friendship', is a call for universal peace. So much in line with the goal of the Olympic Movement: to contribute to building a peaceful and better world through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
The Location will be the Anzac Cove of Gallipoli (Çanakkale), Turkey.
Anzac Cove is a small cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It became famous as the site of WW I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). The name "Anzac Cove", also later officially recognised by the by Turkish Government, received this name as a first on 29th of April, 1915. The Anzacs landed here in the darkness and here was surrounded with enormous heights. Anzacs expected beach and gentle slope instead of steep cliffs. They held this land for eight months and lost many soldiers.
Despite the shelling and Turkish snipers, Anzac Cove was a popular swimming beach for the soldiers. At the cove it was a struggle to supply sufficient water for drinking and there was rarely any available for washing. Most soldiers disregarded all but the fiercest shelling rather than interrupt the one luxury available to them.
Gallipoli 1915 Memorial Swim will be organized on August 1st, 2015 at 11.00 hrs.
Opting for a broad international participation, TOC will welcome swimmers from all over the world and especially from New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain.
TOC will assume all the responsibilities in connection with the organization of the event, in collaboration with Çanakkale Governorship and the Municipality of Çanakkale.
Following the ceremonial laying 100 "Peace Wreaths" on the water to honour the dead, the start will be given for the athletes to swim to the shore from a ship located at 1.915 meters away from the Anzac Cove.
"Gallipoli 1915 Memorial Swim" is not a race; therefore there will be no rankings. Every participant will receive a special T-Shirt, Bag, Towel and Bonnets specially designed for the Centenary and all the swimmers completing the course will be awarded with unique `100th Anniversary Memorial Medal`s.