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Channel swim

Brisbane teenager swims across English Channel twice, loses layer of tongue

A Brisbane teenager has become the second-youngest person to swim the English Channel twice in one day, swimming 68 kilometres in 22 hours to make it happen.

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Brianna Thompson took 22.5 hours to swim from England to France and back.
The 17-year-old says jellyfish stings were one of the worst parts of the endurance swim.
She cannot eat food for three days because the saltwater stripped a layer off her tongue.

Chinese women's relay swim team 1st to cross English Channel

After relay swimming for nearly 20 hours and covering 72.85 kilometers, five Chinese women crossed the English Channel and finally landed on Calais, France, at 18:30 local time on July 3.

Californian swimmer becomes first to conquer North Channel in 2019

A California woman has described becoming the first person of 2019 to conquer the North Channel as “bittersweet”.

As the narrow window for attempting the challenging swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland opened last week, only one of three first individuals to attempt it was successful.

Irvine woman prepares for the swimming challenge of a lifetime

An Irvine woman is taking on one of the most gruelling and iconic swimming challenges later this summer.

Ashleigh Seymour, 36, aims to swim the English Channel to raise money for Safe Passage, a charity that helps child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary in the UK.

Lifelong swimmer Ashleigh plans to take the plunge from Shakespeare Beach and swim the 21 miles to Cap Gris Nez in France next month.

‘Dad has never given up ... neither will I’

When Caroline Connor battles the tides as she attempts to swim the English Channel next week, one man will be on her mind ... her dad.

Caroline, 46, an admin assistant and first aider at Peebles High School, has been inspired by her dad Raymond Currie to take on the gruelling 22-mile challenge, rasing funds for Parkinson’s UK and Diabetes UK.

Steyning woman prepares for English Channel swim, 22 years after 50ft fall from Shoreham Flyover

When Steyning’s Sarah Cotton plunged 50ft from the Shoreham Flyover in 1997, she feared would never walk again after breaking ‘nearly everything from the waist down’.

But the 52-year-old former firefighter refused to accept her fate and after three months in hospital, countless hours of rehabilitation and 22 years of dedication she is preparing to swim the English Channel in an extraordinary reversal of fortunes.

Forest Grove's Barber tackles North Channel swim

FGSD speech therapist Rijl Barber will attempt to swim the North Channel at the end of June.

The North Channel is the strait between the northeastern part of Northern Ireland and the southwestern portion of Scotland. It connects the Irish Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and has a rich maritime history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953.

Drug Testing In The English Channel

The Channel Swimming Association has governed solo and relay crossings between the 33.8 km channel between England and France since 1927 and has implemented a drug testing policy since 2015.

Michael Read MBE, president of the Channel Swimming Association, explains, "We believe that it is terribly important that our swimmers, especially the younger ones, who have a lifetime of swimming ahead of them, understand that they must be clean, there is no place for drugs in our sport, and that drugs are totally unnecessary for the fulfillment of our sport. 

Messalonskee’s Rushton recounts two-leg swim across the English Channel

The temperature hovers a few degrees above freezing, and under a night sky, the only sound is that of waves slapping the side of a boat.

Erik Rushton stands on its side, just a few feet above those waves. And then he jumps in. It’s not a dare, but it is a challenge. Rushton is part of a four-person team trying to relay round-trip across the English Channel.

And it’s his turn.

Announcing the North Channel Swimming Association

The tenth of November, 2018 sees the launch of the new North Channel Swimming Association, with a public announcement by Channel Swimmer  and inaugural Chairperson Antonio Argules in San Francisco.

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