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.

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What excites me about swimming?

Swimming outdoors is my passion and it makes me truly appreciate the magnitude of the world, and our environment, and how we are such small beings lucky enough to embrace this planet. I’m part of something that is much bigger than me, I’m something so tiny in such a big mass of water. It certainly puts things into perspective and it is a way of being in the moment.

Ambitions for 2018?

This year I want to focus on swimming for my enjoyment. Escaping from everyday life, going on adventures, discovering beautiful places and receiving the mental health benefits that open water swimming gives you. For this reason I have chosen not to sign on to many events this year but instead to simply enjoy open water swimming as part of my day-to-day life. I have so far done the Ullswater swim, I’ve swam across Bassenthwaite at 1:00am to help a friends with a charity challenge and I will see what the rest of the year brings. Swimming for distance is not the reason why I swim, I am in awe of people who do, but my reasons behind wild swimming link more to the solitude that I feel when I swim outdoors. There is not one day that I have regretted going swimming. It becomes a routine, one that I know so well and my mind is addicted to the feeling that you get after you have been swimming in open water. The huge natural high is so prominent. I feel as though someone has injected me with happiness, given me five coffees and stuck a smile on my face from ear to ear that lasts for the rest of the day.

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