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Pat Gallant-Charette, 66, takes 18 hours to swim across English Channel

A 66-year-old from the United States has become the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel.

Pat Gallant-Charette battled lower-than-expected water temperatures, difficulty keeping her food down and a jellyfish sting on her face. She wrote on her blog that she also saw a large dorsal fin that turned out to be a sunfish, not a shark.

Swimming Through Barriers

Carlos Costa is something of a legend, in the world of marathon swimming.

In 1992, as a teenager, he made is first attempt to swim across Lake Ontario, but was forced to give up after 38 km. of the 52 km. swim, due to fierce thunderstorms that swept across the lake.

Disappointed, he tried again the following month – but again was forced to cut the swim short, this time after only  26k m., due to unusually frigid water temperatures.

He tried again in 1994 at the age of 20; this time the young swimmer completed the challenge, crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Leslie Street Spit in 32 hours and 43 minutes.

Family Competition Replaces Family Dinners

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.” – Buddha

Family can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For some, it includes those that are related to us by blood. For others, family means the people that are closest to them throughout different stages in their lives. People tend to have a variety of “family type” groups that make up their day to day existence. Different examples include the work family, the home family, the sport family. All of these groups connect us to something.  It is that connection that allows us to grow knowing that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves. 

Payne pleased with hanging up goggles at right time

Two months on from hanging up her goggles and announcing her retirement from swimming, and two-time World Champion Keri-Anne Payne insists she has no regrets whatsoever.

Whereas life was previously dictated by training routines and regular physio visits, the 29-year-old has stepped firmly away from the pool, with ski trips, a move to London and the simple pleasures of not setting an early alarm for training.

Payne dedicated her life to swimming, representing Great Britain for over 12 years after first making her debut in 2004.

Gerald Kirkham competes in 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim

PORT Augusta swimming legend Gerald Kirkham has proven age is just a number, competing in his 60th Port Pirie Open Water Swim on Sunday March 19.

Kirkham, who turns 85 in June, is the first swimmer to achieve this milestone, competing in his first swim in 1949.

He is closing in on the same milestone in the Port Augusta and Whyalla Open Water Swims, participating in 58 and 59 events in the respective cities.

Kirkham has previously won the two-kilometre Port Pirie race on two occasions, as well as a first-place finish in Whyalla, second in the Henley to Grange swim and third in the now-defunct five-kilometre Delfin Island race.

Thomas Lurz: ‘In swimming you need to have ability to accept pain’

OWS.eu: Lutz analyses the problems in Germany and with the sport in general. He looks back at Fran Crippen's death and his Olympic Medals.


Lurz retired two years ago as one of the most decorated distance swimmers of all time, two Olympic medals (10km) and 12 World titles in the open water confirming the German's status as a great of the sport.

The ability to tolerate pain, believes Thomas Lurz, is essential in competitive swimming. He should know. Lurz retired two years ago as one of the most decorated distance swimmers of all time, two Olympic medals (10km) and 12 World titles in the open water confirming the German's status as a great of the sport.

“In swimming in general, you need to have the ability to accept the pain,” he said here on Friday. “It doesn't matter if it's 100m, 200m or 25km: they (the sprinters) have their pain; we have ours. It hurts like hell. The only way you can resist it is hard training.”

He's Baaaaaackkk, Maarten van der Weijden

On October 15th 2016, a team of top Dutch swimmers including 2008 Olympic champion Maarten van der Weijden, 2016 Olympic champion Ferry Weertman, long-time professional marathon swimmer Irene van der Laan, and 2017 500m ice swimming world champion Fergil Hesterman together with coaches Edith van Dijk, a former world champion, Desirée Emmen, and Richard Broer, a 2017 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honouree, swam a 54 km relay in 11-14°C water from The Biesbosch National Park to Hellevoetsluis in the Netherlands.

Dutch Open Water Swimmer Maarten van der Weijden Elected to the Swimming Hall of Fame

First Cancer Survivor to Win Swimming Olympic Gold

FORT LAUDERDALE - The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced today that Dutch long distance swimmer Maarten Van Der Weijden, will become one of seventeen (17) honorees to enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. And Van Der Weijden is the eighth individual to be named for ceremonies to be held August 25-27, in Fort Lauderdale. Previously, swimmers Wu Chuanyu (CHN) and Takeshi "Halo"Hirose (USA), diver Zhang Xiuwei (CHN), long distance swimmer Walter Poenisch (USA), water polo player Osvaldo Codaro (ARG), coach Dick Jochums (USA) and photojournalist Heinz Kluetmeier have been announced.

Hungarian Olympic Champion Eva Risvtov Announces Retirement

Olympic gold medalist Eva Risvtov recently announced her retirement from competitive swimming in a social media post on her Facebook. In her post, Risvtov explains: At the age of 31 you have to realise when the time has come to say good-bye. Now I feel I can’t give any more to this sport and it’s better to begin the next chapter and start the civil life.”

Aussie Brenden Hall Encourages Multi Class Athletes to Try Open Water

For the 6th-consecutive year, Brenden Hall won the men’s Multi Class 5k open water title at the 2017 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships held at Brighton Beach in South Australia.  Also a 2-time Paralympic gold medalist, we might expect Hall to be gearing up for the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City this fall, and perhaps he is; Hall is an accomplished Multi Class swimmer in the pool and open water.  However, if Hall does make the trip to Mexico, he will have to content himself to the competition in the pool alone.

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