I’ve been swimming for over 30 years, pioneering swims in the most vulnerable ecosystems to get them protected.
Which was the hardest, which was the most memorable? Three swims stand out.
The first was my swim across the North Pole. Nobody had ever swum in such cold temperatures before. I wasn’t sure I would come out alive. So that required a very different mind-set.
The second swim was in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. It led directly to the creation of the largest Marine Protected Area in the world. The day this was announced was the happiest of my life.
And lastly, when I swam the length of the English Channel. Swimming across the Channel is regarded as the Everest of swims. So swimming its length felt historic.
Below are some of the other swims I have undertaken, and honours I’ve received.