To date, there has been a very special group of individuals – marathon swimmers over the age of 50 years – who have successfully swum between England and France: members of the English Channel Half Century Club.
Sue Oldham, Oldest Female To Swim The English Channel
64-year-old Sue Oldham of Australia, who took 17 hours and 11 minutes to cross the English Channel, explained the mindset that is typical of these mature swimmers,
“Every hour of the swim I thought about someone special in my life and that would motivate me to continue – that’s what took me to the end. When you start something you have to finish it, don’t you? No point in getting out when it gets a bit tough.”
Her grit and determination are admirable at any age. These Half Century Club adventurers thrive in this Fountain of Youth and have proven that some things do get better with age.