TeamSelkie Bios – Alina Warren
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!
How did you get into open water swimming?
I found the open water in 2009 after a family holiday in Scotland. I have always loved sport, but my dad was keen on teaching me to kayak as it’s his own passion. Of course the process meant I naturally had to do some swimming! My Dad who is always up for a dare, challenged me to swim across the lake. This continued throughout the holiday and my love for swimming was found! After the holiday we would go to lakes closer to home and set new challenges, which has turned into something I now do most days!
Swimming became more than a hobby very quickly and I found myself training in the pool most days and heading to the open water at every opportunity.
A year later I decided to swim all 22 lochs in the Trossachs, Scotland over two weeks. This gave me a thirst for more challenges.
Later came my first big challenge. One that nobody else had ever done. A stage swim of The Great Glen Way : 117 km across Scotland using Lochs and the connecting rivers over 8 days. Since then I have done a few shorter races, a couple of 10km swims, and some stretches of the River Severn up to 25km.
Any big plans for 2019?
I have a passion for unexplored waters, as well as white water and the challenges it poses. I plan to do another big challenge next year, as well as a length of Bala swim and the Thames marathon. I love swimming in the open water, it’s the most beautiful place to be, and sharing my passion with anybody willing to join me is my favourite part of swimming!
(Photo by Grace Gay)