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Channel swim

‘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.

Leah Chowdhry gets Woman of the Year honour at London Asian Business Awards for English Channel swim

Leah Chowdhry, one of the first young British Asian women to swim the English Channel, has been conferred the Woman of the Year award the London Asian Business Awards. She was honoured, along with other achievers from different fields, at the 2nd London Asian Business Awards ceremony held in the UK capital on October 29.

Bruce Yang the first with autism to swim Channel, from Dover to Wissant, in relay

A man has become first person with autism to successfully swim the Channel.

Bruce Yang, 24, left Samphire Hoe at Dover on Monday morning as part of a relay team of six.

They arrived at Wissant beach near Calais in 13 hours and 21 minutes later.

Kiwi swimmer pulls up 300m short of swimming English Channel

Denise Clarke, originally from Lower Hutt, was disappointed not to finished the 33.5 kilometres English Channel stretch between Dover and Calais, in France.

A Kiwi woman has pulled up 300 metres short of swimming the English Channel after suffering from exhaustion.

Vet conquers North Channel challenge

A courageous vet from Northern Ireland has completed a once-in-a-lifetime relay event that saw her swim from Northern Ireland to Scotland in aid of the RNLI.

Hannah Eastwood – of Glenshane Veterinary Clinics in Maghera, County Londonderry – was one of a five-strong team, named “Coco Channel”, to brave the elements.

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