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Chloë McCardel pushes the boundaries of marathon swimming one stoke at a time. Archer Talbot (Masters Swimming Victoria President) describes Chloë as ‘such an inspiration and wonderful role model for swimmers and non-swimmers alike both in the water and out’. Neil Mitchell described her as the ‘Greatest Endurance Athlete on the planet’.

In 2016 Chloë showed that the impossible can be made possible when she surpassed legendary Des Renford by taking the Australian title for most English Channel career crossings – 21. Eight of those crossings were completed between June and late October this year – the most crossings in one season in history. The Channel Swimming Association has awarded Chloë with over a dozen awards for her achievements in the Channel.

In 2015 Chloë was the first Aussie and first person in 25 years to swim a triple non-stop crossing of the English Channel (36hrs12min), she also swam an unprecedented 3x single crossings in one week a month before the triple crossing. For this feat she was chosen as the inaugural 2015 International Marathon Swimmer of the Year by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and presented the Poseidon Award. She was also awarded the 2015 MSF ‘Solo Swim of the Year’ (Female) for her triple crossing.

In October 2014 Chloë completed a swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, Bahamas. The continuous solo swim was 124.4 kilometers (77.3 miles) which she swam in 41 hours, 21 minutes. Chloë set a new world record, the longest unassisted ocean swim, conducted under the ‘Rules of Marathon Swimming’ ratified by the Marathon Swimming Federation (MSF)*.

She also won the 2014 MSF ‘Solo Swim of the Year’ (Female) for this World Record swim. For her achievements in marathon swimming Chloë was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2016 and is its youngest member.

Chloë’s Australian and World Record could not have been achieved without the wonderful support of dozens of people especially her husband Paul McQueeney and her sponsors The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC) and Lo-Chlor (AquaFresh and AquaSpa).

Chloë’s other passion is inspiring others to live a healthy and active lifestyle and reaching their potential. She mentors and coaches many within the Australian and international open water swimming community and has personally coached over 70 people to swim the English Channel as solos and in relays, ranging in ages from 15 – 60. Chloë regularly presents to groups about her ultra-marathon swims and the life lessons she has learnt along the way.

Chloë has translated her inspiring messages to global audiences via all the major Australian networks and international media outlets such as BBC World News, CNN, Discovery Channel, Associated Press and Reuters – reaching a peak of 30 Million Google hits in 2013.

 

 

Chloë’s English Channel Crossings

2009: 12 hour 3 minute one-way crossing (#1)
2010: 21 hour 48 minute two-way crossing (#2 in 10:37, #3 in 11:11)
2011: 9 hour 3 minute crossing (#4)
2012: 19 hour 20 minute two-way crossing (#5 in 9:50, #6 in 9:30)
2014: 9 hour 12 minute one-way crossing (#7)
2015: 8 hour 52 minute one-way crossing (#8)
2015: 9 hour 56 minute one-way crossing (#9)
2015: 9 hour 48 minute one-way crossing (#10)
2015: 36 hour 12 minute three-way crossing (#11 in 11:34, #12 in 11:08, #13 in 13:30)
2016: 10 hour 45 minute one-crossing (#14)
2016: 10 hour 21 minute one-way crossing (#15)
2016: 9 hour 48 minute one-way crossing (#16)
2016: 8 hour 51 minute one-way crossing (#17)
2016: 10 hour 0 minute one-way crossing (#18)
2016: 10 hour 0 minute one-way crossing (#19)
2016: 10 hour 19 minute one-way crossing (#20)
2016: 10 hour 29 minute one-way crossing (#21)

 

Channel Swimming Association Awards + Plates

2010

Fastest Two-Way Swim (double non-stop swim)

Greatest Feat of Endurance

2011

Fastest Solo Swim (Lady or Man)

Fastest Swim by a Lady

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Fastest Solo Swim (Lady or Man)

Fastest Swim by a Lady

Fastest Two-Way Swim (double non-stop swim)

2014

Fastest Swim by a Lady

2015

Chloë’s 36:12 triple non-stop solo crossing GPS Course in 2015. The first triple in 25 years.

Fastest Swim by a Lady

Most Meritorious Swim

Greatest Feat of Endurance

BLDSA Swimmer of the Year

Fastest Two-Way Swim (double non-stop swim)

Fastest Three-Way Swim (triple non-stop swim)

+ Commemorative Plate for Triple Non-stop Crossing

2016

Fastest Solo Swim (Lady or Man)

Fastest Swim by a Lady

Fastest Swim on the Highest Tide

+ Commemorative Plate for World Record 8x solo swims on one season

 

*This swim was officially ratified by the Marathon Swimming Federation (MSF), you can find the full documentation from the swim here. The “Rules of Marathon Swimming” are a globally-endorsed framework of rules and guidelines for any swim in any body of water. The Documented Swims program offers a venue for publishing documentation and requesting peer-reviewed ratification of independent marathon swims.

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Fastest Female - Sotiraki Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER MAJOR SWIMS

On October 22nd 2014 Chloë completed an unprecedented swim from South Eleuthera Island to Nassau, Bahamas- 124.4 kilometers in 41 hours, 21 minutes. This set a new World Record for the longest unassisted ocean swim. The swim was officially ratified by the Marathon Swimming Federation (MSF).

 

January 2014 Bloody Big Swim Women’s Category & Non-Wetsuit Category (11.2km) Winner www.bloodybigswim.com
February 2012  HBF Rottnest Channel Swim  19.7km  2nd Woman  www.rottnestchannelswim.com.au
 April 2011 60 Laps (Bondi Beach, NSW) 48km / 60 Laps Successful Verified by www.bondisurfclub.com
 June 2010

January 2007

 Manhattan Island Swim (NYC, USA)

Bloody Big Swim

46km (Fastest man or woman)

Women’s Category Category (11.2km)

 Winner

Winner

www.nycswim.org

www.bloodybigswim.com

MAJOR AWARDS

MSF 2014 ‘Solo Swim of the Year’ (Female)

For the World Record Bahamas swim.

 

Alumna Presentation (Click Link Below)

Genazzano 2014 Inaugural Outstanding Young Alumna – Chloë McCardel