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TeamSelkie Bios – Di Heelas

#TEAMSELKIE  16th October 2018

I’m Di, I’m 46 and I live near Oxford. I’m a mum and I love swimming outdoors  and all things watery. Facebook – Di Heelas Instagram – @diheelas   What do you love about swimming and the water? Swimming gives me the space to catch my breath. I love the solitude but also the friendship […]

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What a difference a tide makes by Stuart Hacker

#TEAMSELKIE  10th October 2018

All of the best stories have more than one chapter! I have been searching for a quote to sum up my feelings after finally becoming a Channel swimmer… Look no further than Chuck Norris : “I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Stuart Hacker

#TEAMSELKIE  8th October 2018

My name is Stuart Hacker, I’m 41, I live near Northampton and  I have a healthy obsession with Open Water swimming! I swam competitively as a boy and rediscovered my love of the sport 5 years ago. Twitter – @Shacker1 Facebook – @StuChannelswim (Stu Hackers Channel Swim) Instagram –  shacker77 What is it about open […]

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Aquatic adventures by Mollie Pearse

#TEAMSELKIE  3rd October 2018

I’d say that many of us had some experience of swimming lessons as children. It is a life skill of great value! I recall swimming at Beckenham, I swam at Beckenham, rather than for Beckenham…my brother swam for Beckenham and was extremely good. I think he was in the GOLD squad, my class didn’t even […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Mollie Pearse

#TEAMSELKIE  2nd October 2018

I’m Mollie, I’m 32 and I live in London. I am all about mountains, nature and outdoor spaces. I will be somewhere between work and planning an adventure and always within a fabulous tribe of people. Twitter – @molliepearse Facebook  – Mollie Anna Pearse Instagram – Molliep123 What excites me about swimming? I feel most […]

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So, why wild swimming? by Fay Preene

#TEAMSELKIE  27th September 2018

As this post will show, for me, open water swimming is not just an action or an exercise : it touches on my happiness, my job, the environment and my social life. I have always loved water, that being, in it, on it, beside it or listening to it. Moving to the Lake District alone […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Fay Preene

#TEAMSELKIE  26th September 2018

  I’m Fay, I’m 24 and I live in Bowness-on-Windermere. I have always swam, never in a competitive way, but I have always had a strong love for the water growing up in and around Lake Windermere. Twitter – faypreene Facebook – Fay Preene Instagram – @faypreene What excites me about swimming? Swimming outdoors is […]

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Nutrition plans for Marathon Swims by Nicholas Murch

#TEAMSELKIE  25th September 2018

After my blog on nutrition for Teamselkie last year, people have asked me what I have used during a swim. So I have decided to share my nutrition plan for both split swims like the Champion of Champions and Geneva relay (hourish long swims, few hours rest) and the North Channel – likely 12 hours […]

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TeamSelkie Bios – Nicholas Murch

#TEAMSELKIE  21st September 2018

I’m Nick, an internalist/ hospitalist in London who partakes in marathon swims without a wetsuit in my ‘spare time’. My background is one of pool swimming and beach lifeguarding as a teenager, followed by 15 years playing water polo up to an International standard. More recently I have taken up open water and then marathon swimming, […]

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There is a first time for everything by Matthew Davenport

#TEAMSELKIE  20th September 2018

August has been a scorcher, weather wise and swimming wise, for me.  Whilst the sun has been burning through my factor 50 sun cream, I have been burning through swimming achievements. There are many things I achieved in the month of August that I had never achieved before, either because I had never had the […]

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