Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson Will Rep. US at 2019 World Beach Games

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 3

September 28th, 2019 News, Open Water

Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson will represent the United States in open water swimming at the inaugural version of the World Beach Games from October 12th-16th in Doha, Qatar. They are part of a 69-athlete roster (27 men, 42 women) that will represent the US at the newly-conceived event.  In total, the event will feature 13 sports and 14 disciplines, with the United States competing in all 13 sports.

The event revolves around sports that can or will be competed on beaches or just off shore. It has drawn a roster with bigger names than we typically see for inaugural versions of new events like this, including World Champions and Olympians. The US won’t send any male open water swimmers.

Twichell and Anderson are the United States’ representatives in women’s open water swimming after finishing in the top 10 in the 10km race at the 2019 World Championships. Twichell finished 7th in the 5km race and 6th in the 10km race in Gwangju, while Anderson took silver in the premier 10km event. Anderson was the 2012 Olympic silver medalist over 10 kilometers.

The open water racing will be held on October 13th, and will be a 5 kilometer swim.

Full Sports Listing, 2019 World Beach Games:

  • Basketball (3×3)
  • Beach soccer (football)
  • Beach handball
  • Karate kata
  • Sailing (Kiteboarding)
  • Park skateboarding
  • Sport climbing (bouldering)
  • Swimming (open water swimming)
  • Beach Tennis
  • Triathlon (aquathlon – swim and run only)
  • Volleyball (4×4 beach volleyball)
  • Watersking (Wakeboarding, Water jumping)
  • Wrestling (beach wrestling)

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Why not
1 year ago

Call that Shark that raced MP

1 year ago

Wasn’t this event supposed to be in San Diego…
Why are women entered but not men?
Seems like a lot of story missing as this was a meet that was part of USA National OW selections…

Reply to  kdswim
1 year ago

The San Diego event went under financially with zero sponsorship. Doha just decided to buy the event. This is shady and we should not be sending our Olympians to this event. Such short memory that usas has in middle eastern waters. Also the political volatility of the region makes this an even worse choice.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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