Chloë McCardel, world record ocean swimmer, has announced that she will attempt four single crossings of the English Channel in the 2018 season, with the first crossing expected to take place during the next seven days.

If successful, these four crossings will break the current Australian record for most crossings of the Channel, taking it to 28.

This season has had incredible conditions so far, with numerous Australians successfully crossing the Channel. Excited about the attempt, McCardel said:

“Seeing so many Australians continue to attempt the Channel, especially the recent successful crossing by Brenda Norman for Channel 4 Change, inspires me.

“I’m hoping this Australian record attempt will show what a beautiful place the Channel is, and what a beautiful challenge it is.

“It’s a tough challenge, but that is what makes a successful single or multiple crossing so exciting.”

McCardel completed a double crossing of the Channel in 2017, and holds the current Australian record of 24 crossings. This includes one triple crossing and three double crossings. Also holding the world ocean swim record of 124.4km, McCardel was inducted to the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2016.

By continuing to break new ground in ocean swimming, McCardel hopes to inspire people to live healthy, active lifestyles.

“Ocean swimming in Australia is incredible. We have such a beautiful coastline, with so many stunning beaches to explore.

“The ocean swimming community has grown so much in recent years, with many swimming clubs and social swimming groups in Australia promoting the camaraderie, fun, exhilaration and joy of ocean swimming.

“I believe the sport’s continued success can be attributed to our beautiful beaches and the dedicated volunteers who continue to drive their local swimming groups and ocean races.

“I encourage competitive and non-con competitive swimmers, and those new to ocean swimming, to find a local swimming group near them and dive in.”

Fitness is integral to McCardel and at the heart of her lifestyle, constantly challenging herself to be stronger, more powerful and confident in the water, both physically and mentally. McCardel believes that fitness, health, well-being and self-confidence enable us to persevere towards achieving our dreams.