Seven-time English Channel swimmer Sally Minty-Gravett MBE usually does her major swims within the confines of the English Channel, but she travels the world as a coach and ambassador of the sport.
After her iconic 36 hours 26 minute 67.6 km two-way crossing of the English Channel at the age of 59 two years ago, her voice and influence as a spokesperson has been shared even wider than before.
“The two-way was done 41 years after my first crossing in 1975,” she explained about her swims across the English Channel that have spanned a remarkable five decades:
* In August 1975, she crossed the 33.8 km English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 57 minutes at the age of 18.
* In September 1985, she crossed from England to France in 15 hours 3 minutes at the age of 28.
* In September 1992, she crossed from France to England in 12 hours 8 minutes at the age of 35.
* In July 2005, she crossed from England to France in 13 hours 31 minutes at the age of 47.
* In July 2013, she crossed from England to France in 17 hours 48 minutes at the age of 55.
* In August 2016, she achieved her long sought-after goal by swimming from England to France in 15 hours 3 minutes followed immediately from France to England in 21 hours 23 minutes at the age of 59.
“For years, I had heard and written about Salley, but only from afar ,” says Steven Munatones of California. “Then a few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet her face-to-face for the first time. I was in awe of her down-to-earth, matter-of-fact focused perspective of the sport of swimming because it was obviously cloaked in compassion, passion and a healthy sense of humor and pure unadulterated joy.
She truly was born to swim – and inspire others to do so.
Having her speak at The Olympic Club will be a real treat for those who have not met her in person yet.”
The Olympic Club will host a great number of accomplished open water swimmers who have established their own iconic legacies in the sport:
* Evan Morrison of the Marathon Swimmers Federation on LongSwims database, insights and data analyses
* Oceans Seven swimmer Darren Miller on Utilizing Your Dryland Talents In The Open Water
* Dan Simonelli of the Open Water Swim Academy on Planning and Logistics of a Channel Swim
* Ed Rudloff and Mike McCaffery on The History of Open Water Swimming at the Olympic Club since 1860
* Bill Brenner, Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Masters Swimming on Open Water Swimming with U.S. Masters Swimming
* Bryce Elser, USA Swimming National Team Open Water Director, on Athlete Progression to Podium Success
* Shelley Taylor-Smith, 7-time world marathon swimming champion on The Year 1991
* Ram Barkai of the International Ice Swimming Association on The Future of Ice Swimming
* Multiple world record holder Pat Gallant-Charette on Never Too Old
* Oceans Seven swimmer Cameron Bellamy on Achieving The Oceans Seven
* Farallons Island and Oceans Seven swimmer Kimberley Chambers on Making A Comeback
* Ben Lecomte on Swimming Across The Pacific Ocean
* Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE on Born To Swim
* Steven Munatones on Tactics and Strategies Used at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
* Double Triple Crowner Antonio Argüelles of Mexico, World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* American Ice Sevens swimmer Jaimie Monahan, 2016 and 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Spaniard Margarita Llorens Bagur, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* Sea Donkey with Adrian Sarchet and James Harrison of Guernsey, World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.“
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