Special Olympics Florida Hosts Open Water Swimming Event

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Special Olympics Florida
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Dr. William B. Clark is a head, nose, and throat surgeon based in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. William B. Clark supports several charities, including the Special Olympics.

Recently, the Florida chapter of the Special Olympics hosted the first open water swimming clinic and competition in Miami. Open water swimming competitions happen in lakes, rivers, or the ocean where natural currents and deep water are added challenges for athletes. The sport debuted at the Athens, Greece Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2011 as a demonstration sport.

The clinic will give athletes an opportunity to familiarize themselves with open water swimming and learn the best techniques for training. The competition, held the following day, will include 800 meter, one mile, 5 and ten kilometer events and an awards ceremony will be held afterward.

The event is made possible with the collaboration of Swim Miami, which is an annual open water swimming event hosted by the H2O Foundation, an organization that aims to prevent drowning accidents and promote water safety in South Florida.


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Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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