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Bangladesh's most celebrated swimmer hangs up trunks at 67

After nearly half a century navigating Bangladesh's thousands of kilometres of rivers, the country's most celebrated swimmer has hung up his trunks - but not before one final, arduous paddle upstream.

Kshitindra Baisya, 67, plans to spend his retirement on dry land inspiring younger generations to embrace the water in a country criss-crossed by huge rivers but where few swim.

Role Models In The Open Water

Protoganist Adrian Sarchet and creator James Harrison of Sea Donkey (World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year), Antonio Argüelles (World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year), Jaimie Monahan (World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year), and Tita Llorens Bagur (World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year) were celebrated at the 2018 Open Water Summit and WOWSA Awards at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.

PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE (USA) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE (USA) – Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS (NZ)– Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

KIMBERLEY CHAMBERS (NZ)– Honored by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF): Swimmer

Michelle Macy Enters International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame

Michelle Macy's accomplishments in the open water swimming world are lengthy and were officially recognized by her peers today.

The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame announced that Macy will be inducted as an Honor Swimmer in its Class of 2019, joining other celebrated heroes and heroines.

Lewis Pugh facing race against time to reach Dover

A man hoping to be the first person to swim the entire length of the Channel is still hoping to finish in two days, despite being unable to take to the sea yesterday.

Lewis Pugh was expected to end the 350-mile venture on Wednesday at Shakespeare Beach in Dover.

But that has been jeopardised by yesterday's stormy weather, which prevented him from rounding Dungeness.

Man who became the youngest ever to swim the Channel at age 11 tells how he endured hallucinations

3.15 pm, September 6, 1988

10 hours and 24 miles into my swim across the Channel, approximately four miles from the English coast.

By now I had been swimming the English Channel for ten hours. I had started to cry.

If I cried until my goggles were full and I could no longer see where I was going, it would all be over. 

They might pull me out. My coach John Bullet, in the fishing boat up ahead, might simply end it for me.

I heard a splash. What was it? I realised I had momentarily been swimming with my eyes closed. I opened them again.

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. 

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