TeamSelkie Bios – Alina Warren

#TEAMSELKIE  15th November 2018

My name is Alina Warren and I’m 25. I grew up in Shropshire, a little landlocked and a world away from the watery life I lead now. I have lived in Aberystwyth, off the coast of West Wales for around 7 years, much more suitable for sea training! Facebook – Alina Warren Twitter – @AlinaRWarren […]

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Adapting to the world around me by Andrew Horsfall-Turner


Since my last blog, so much has changed in a short period of time. One thing however, has not changed : my love for swimming and racing outside in seas, lakes, rivers or docks. Over the last 12 months  I have begun to focus on the world of multisport events and more specifically triathlon.  Triathlons are traditionally an […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Andrew Horsfall-Turner

#TEAMSELKIE  13th November 2018

  Hi. I’m Andrew, I’m 24 and live in Swansea, Wales.   Twitter – andrewht1 Facebook – Andrew Horsfall-Turner Instagram – Andrew_h_t   What is is about open water swimming that gets you? I feel alive being physically active and embracing the outside. The biggest passion I have is for outdoor swimming which I do […]

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My circular swim by Craig Robertson

#TEAMSELKIE  7th November 2018

‘The water was dragging me out from the side, I was going to be sucked under, I couldn’t let go of the side of the pool.’  – My first memory of swimming lessons at Slough Community Centre pool (Olympic size). Every Friday after school, I quickly learned to let go, helped by the fantastic old ladies […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Craig Robertson

#TEAMSELKIE  6th November 2018

I’m Craig, I just turned 50 and I live in Weybridge , in Surrey. Twitter –  @recordmirror Facebook – Craig Robertson Instagram @craigsrobertson What makes me feel alive? With open water swimming it’s the lack of boundaries, it’s free, natural and has no rules, this can not be said of many things in 2018. It can […]

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How I cheated the Hurly Burly (and why I’m glad I did!) – by Zoe Tridgell

#TEAMSELKIE  1st November 2018

It’s been 459 days since I’ve worn my wetsuit. It’s been gathering dust in the wardrobe since I committed to train for a Channel relay (and needed to acclimatise my body to cold water), and to be honest there have been times where I have cried out for it! It’s seen me through my first […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Zoe Tridgell

#TEAMSELKIE  30th October 2018

I’m Zoe, I’m 28 and I live in Buckinghamshire. I am a bonafide water baby and look for any excuse to be in the water.   As Van Morrison says “smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly”.    Facebook – Zoe Tridgell   What excites you about swimming?  For some, swimming is […]

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Saving lives through swim teaching by Becky Horsbrugh

#TEAMSELKIE  22nd October 2018

I guess one big difference between myself and the other fine Team Selkie members is I am not so proficient in the water, but much of my water based work is helping others, particularly in the area of drowning prevention. As I have detailed in previous blogs, I usually concentrate my work on Bangladesh. But […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Becky Horsbrugh


I’m Becky, I’m 49 and I live in London. I am a swimmer and a swim teacher too. I work as a journalist but I spend a lot of my spare time working and supporting drowning prevention programmes and schemes.   Facebook – Becky Horsbrugh Twitter – @BeckyRLH Instagram – @beckyrlh What is it about the water […]

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My arctic circle swim by Di Heelas

#TEAMSELKIE  18th October 2018

At the start of the year, suffering from post-Christmas blues and needing a challenge, I did what any sensible person would and entered the Arctic Circle Swim: www.swimac.eu What on earth is it? Well it’s actually two separate swims : both take place just inside the Arctic Circle in the River Torne, which separates Finland […]

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