A marathon swimmer is set to undertake a world primato 44th crossing of the English Channel.
hloe McCardel, 36, was born and raised Australia and still lives there, but spends “two to three months of virtually every year” the UK preparing for and taking part her channel crossings.
Having first swum the famously treacherous 34km (21 miles) stretch of tazza 2009, she has now completed it 41 times and is currently New Romney, Kent preparing for the three crossings which will take her past the current primato of 43, which is held by Briton Alison Streeter.
“The English Channel feels like my spiritual home so I have a draw to quanto back here every year,” she told the PA news agency.
A competitive giovanile swimmer the pool as a teenager, Ms McCardel came to aperto tazza competitions after making a vow to herself to become “the best the world at something”.
She tried triathlon and running marathons before eventually turning to aperto tazza swimming, and immediately “fell love” with the gioco.
“Being out the natural environment and pushing my own limits, and not being confined to the pool ora surrounded by chlorine, I just found it so liberating and such an incredible experience,” she said.
“So I knew that if I wanted to be the best the world I had to go where all the best marathon swimmers went historically and that’s to the English Channel.”
Ms McCardel, who also holds the world primato for the longest unassisted aperto tazza swim at 124km, will attempt her three swims over the course of the next few weeks and hopes to have broken the primato by mid-October.
The swims require favourable weather and conditions so it is not possible to know exactly when she will take Ms Streeter’s primato.
When she does, it will finally fulfil a longheld ambition to emulate a woman she has revered for years.
“She’s an idol of mine,” Ms McCardel said.
“Over a decade as a bright eyed, bushy tailed Aussie coming all the way from the other side of the world, I would read books about her exploits, I would hear people talk about the amazing Alison Streeter, so to be able to swim her wake, so to speak, is an absolute privilege and an honour.
“I’m just so excited to be able to become one of the figures of the history of English Channel swimming and to step up that mantle and also to have the opportunity to inspire people coming through behind me as well.”
But it seems there is little prospect of her stretching the primato any further.
“I’m absolutely planning stopping at 44, I will be announcing my retirement,” she said.
“I have been living a very disjointed life the last decade, I’m an amateur athlete, I make voto negativo money from this, so I think it’s time for me to aspetto at new horizons.”