Humbled and Grateful

🥰 I am so honoured, humbled and grateful to have MGI supporting me for the home stretch towards my upcoming… 
 👉 World Record for Greatest Crossings of the English Channel. (44 swims = 🏆) 

 They are supporting me with all media & sponsorship opportunities. 🙏 
 We have several meetings over the next 10 days as we lock in the final sponsorship agreements before I leave for England at the end of this month. 

Btw, I recently received permission to leave Australia 🇭🇲.  

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April 22, 2021

LIFE’S CONTRASTS…

Just two days ago I presented evidence as a witness to the NSW Joint Select Committee. They are investigating whether coercive control (a form of non-physical domestic violence common in nearly all domestic homicides) should be criminalised. It was quite a confronting (re-traumatising) experience.

 And now Today I got to do more light hearted and upbeat advocacy work! 💛💪🌊 Thanks to the amazing @malchambers For volunteering his time to create this epic piece of artwork 🎨 spreading my advocacy and celebrating my swimming achievements. This artwork will be submitted into the most prestigious portrait prize in Austalia the @archibaldprize as well as other highly repsected prizes auch as @thelesterprize (formerly known as the Black Swan Prize 🦢). Mal does amazing commissions! Check out and follow his insta @malchambers 🐦

Dover August 16, 2020

AUSSIE SWIMMER CHLOE McCARDEL BREAKS MEN’S ENGLISH CHANNEL WORLD RECORD

Australian marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel has broken the men’s world record for the most English Channel crossings, after completing her 35th crossing today, Sunday 16 August (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 

The 35-year-old Sydneysider took 10 hours and 40 minutes to complete the gruelling 34-kilometre crossing. It is her fourth crossing in the past 16 days.

“I’m so happy to have finished my 35th crossing. Thanks so much to everyone on my boat today and everyone back home in Australia, your support has been amazing. I can’t wait to come home and thank everyone personally,” McCardel said.

“I’m really happy it’s done! I feel so elated to have finished that swim and to surpass the men’s world record. It was a harder swim that I imagined. There was a chance the swim was going to be cancelled because of heavy mist which can make channel swimming unsafe. Luckily, we managed and got through the mist. There are definite aches and pains, so it was a tough day in the office but super happy to finally hit 35.”

McCardel was granted an exemption to leave Australia under current COVID-19 restrictions to pursue the world record.  

She adds her new world record to an impressive collection of records including the world record for the longest unassisted ocean swim (124.4km in 2014); crossing the Channel more than any other Australian (after surpassing swimming legend Des Renford’s record of 19 crossings in 2016) and being the only Australian ever to have completed a triple crossing of the Channel (2015). 

The achievement means she has moved to second on the overall world record list, behind retired English swimmer Alison Streeter MBE who has completed the crossing 43 times. 

McCardel will return to Australia in coming weeks.

Australians wanting to follow Chloë’s latest news can follow her on Facebook (Chloë McCardel – Marathon Swimmer) and Instagram (@chloemccardel). 

Dover – August 14, 2020

Ultra-marathon swimmer Chloë McCardel is expected to leave British shores late Saturday evening (August 15) in her extraordinary quest to break the men’s world record for the greatest number of English Channel crossings.

The Melbourne-raised Sydneysider, who has spent many months in the UK over the past decade, has already completed 34 crossings of the treacherous stretch of water, including three crossings over 9 days.

Now level with the men’s world record, which has stood since July 21, 2006, Chloë should complete her 35th crossing at Cap Gris-Nez near Calais, France, tomorrow night weather-permitting. The 34-kilometre (21 miles) crossing between England and France – the world’s busiest shipping lane -is expected to take her around ten hours.

She was recently granted an exemption to leave Australia under current COVID-19 restrictions to attempt this record-breaking swim.

The 35-year-old elite athlete said: “I am so honoured to be setting off knowing that I am doing this for a bigger cause than myself. I’m hoping I can make friends and family proud, that my story will inspire others to never give up and that we CAN overcome extreme hurdles that life throws at us.

“I’m also sending my thoughts out to everyone impacted by the COVID pandemic, especially those who have been or are currently trapped in their homes, sometimes in extremely challenging environments, especially those who are experiencing domestic violence.

“Many might think that what I do needs superhuman strength but at one point in my life I was very vulnerable and suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). Endurance training has helped me through those challenging periods in my life. I hope my efforts will inspire others – whoever they are and whatever their circumstances – to stay strong and resilient in these difficult times.”

If successful on Sunday, Chloë will move to second on the overall record list, behind retired English swimmer Alison Streeter MBE who has completed the crossing 43 times.

Chloë holds multiple world records for endurance swimming including the longest ever unassisted ocean swim in the Bahamas in 2014 (124.4km).

Alcatraz Invitational

South End Rowing Club, San Francisco, has announced Chloë McCardel will be the Guest of Honour at the Alcatraz Invitational on Saturday, 29 September 2018.

Chloë is very excited to be attending this wonderful event in one of the world’s most iconic swim locations.

Chloe has an incredible list of marathon swimming accomplishments including 1 triple crossing of the Channel. She also holds the record for the most number of English Channel crossings in one season.

Chloe will be attending our Spaghetti Feed on Friday before the swim as well as supporting the swim all day Saturday. There will be lots of opportunities for SERC members to interact with her including a chance to swim with Chloe.

More information about Chloe can be found at https://chloemccardel.com/ and we will send out more information about specific opportunities to meet and interact with Chloe (including the swim) as we get closer to the event.

If you are not volunteering, now is the time to get involved and be a part of this event. Let’s show Chloe and all the registered swimmers just why we are the greatest club on earth!

Robert
Assistant Race Director
South End Rowing Club

For more information and to register visit the South End Rowing Club.

Australian English Channel Record Attempt

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.

Tuesday Training

Chloë would like to share what she has learnt to help other swimmers achieve their dreams, whether it be a personal challenge at a community swim event, a fundraising swim, triathlon or channel crossing.

Every Tuesday, Chloë McCardel will be sharing training tips on Instagram – covering technique, how to complete major swims, motivational techniques, focus, commitment to training, nutrition and more.

Join #tuesdaytraining – @chloemccardel on Instagram and let us know how Chloë can improve your swimming and help you reach your goals.

Bahamas: World Record Swim

Cheered on by her support crew, Chloë McCardel completes her remarkable  World Record for the Longest Ocean Swim in the Bahamas – 124.4km in 41.5 hours. 

On the Third Anniversary of the World Record, Chloë reflects on the incredible support crew, the mental and physical pain and conditions faced throughout the Bahamas swim. 

Three years ago today, I set the World Record for the Longest Ocean Swim in history – 124.4km in 41.5hrs. This record still stands.

The swim was completed under traditional marathon swimming rules – no wetsuit, fins, snorkel, shark cage, covering beyond a standard swim suit and no touching of a boat or support vessel. This includes no resting or sleeping.

The pain was incredible from severe sunburn and envenomation from box jellyfish. I even had hypothermia despite the 27°C water and air temperatures (possibly from vasodilation following the envenomation).

The mental challenge was torture akin to what I can only imagine solitary confinement in the dark would be like. I put faith in my team that I wouldn’t be breakfast, lunch or dinner for a hungry sea creature over two days. Being an ocean marathon swim there was every chance the tide or sea conditions could have pushed me away from the finish and that I may have never reached land. I kept faith in my team and my ability to hold an average pace of 3km/hr.

I had an iron-will to keep going despite what I was enduring. I had an incredible team on the boat and in kayaks to get me to the finish line, including my amazing husband Paul McQueeney. The team guided my every stroke and my wonderful sponsors – The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC) and Lo-Chlor Chemicals (AquaSpa) – supported me behind the scenes. TPEC and AquaSpa are still great supporters today.

I am so very grateful to my team from that swim, my husband, my sponsors and everyone who supports me in my goal to be the best marathon swimmer in the world.

Chloë McCardel

 

 

The Fourth Lap: Maybe We Can Go Further

On 29 August 2017, Chloë McCardel attempted what is widely considered the greatest endurance challenge – the 136km quadruple non-stop crossing of the English Channel. This had never been attempted previously, let alone completed.

While unsuccessful on her first attempt, Chloë is extremely proud to have completed her third double crossing of the English Channel. Chloë does not see this attempt as a ‘failure’ but rather a step closer to achieving this incredible feat. It has provided her with an opportunity to learn more and find ways to improve. Chloë still believes a quadruple crossing of the English Channel is possible and is inspired to dramatically alter the perception of what the human mind and body can achieve in such harsh, inhospitable conditions.

Credit: Matthew Renew
gotshot.tv
matthewrenew.com

 

 

The Fourth Lap: Interview with Neil Mitchell

On 29 August 2017, Chloë McCardel attempted what is widely considered the greatest endurance challenge – the 136km quadruple non-stop crossing of the English Channel. This had never been attempted previously, let alone completed.

While unsuccessful on her first attempt, Chloë is extremely proud to have completed her third double crossing of the English Channel. Chloë does not see this attempt as a ‘failure’ but rather a step closer to achieving this incredible feat. It has provided her with an opportunity to learn more and find ways to improve. Chloë still believes a quadruple crossing of the English Channel is possible and is inspired to dramatically alter the perception of what the human mind and body can achieve in such harsh, inhospitable conditions.

Neil Mitchell (3AW) spoke with Chloë after her epic English Channel challenge.