Matias Ola from Argentina has been appointed to the International Winter Swimming Association (further IWSA) board as Executive Director of South America. Matias Ola is an Argentine native of the province of Tucumán in the north of Argentina.
He learned to swim at the age of 21 and at 25 he began his career as an adventure and open-water swimmer. Matias started his cooperation with IWSA already in 2013, participating as the only Argentine swimmer in China, Estonia, Finland, and other countries. He organized the first IWSA event in Latin America in Argentine Patagonia where 60 swimmers from 18 countries swam without wetsuits in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate.
Today, Matias, together with his coach, Pablo Testa, have formed the first non-profit Civil Association in Argentina called Nadando Argentina to support Argentine swimmers through an unprecedented scholarship program to experience the great world of crossings, events, and programs of training and to motivate them to know that nothing is impossible with effort and passion. Matias also has a host of extreme swimming achievements to his name and has featured in the World Open Water Swimming Association's (WOWSA) "World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men".
Our vice-president Colin Hill says “having Matias on our board will be a huge asset: with his organizational skills and enormous enthusiasm for the sport of winter swimming. Matias will raise the profile of the sport of winter swimming in South America and around the world.”