A Huge Transformation For Chloë McCardel
The Sydney Morning Herald introduced Chloë McCardel in today’s article as follows, “When I was 11 years old I realised all of my friends knew how to swim and I didn’t. Fuelled by embarrassment, I asked my mum for swimming lessons. Today, I’m 36 and set to become the first person in the world to cross the English Channel 44 times, setting a new world record for number of times crossed.”
Tomorrow at approximately 4 am BST, McCardel is planning to set the world record for the most career crossings with her 44th crossing to become the Queen of the Channel.
“What I think makes this record even more incredible is to understand that even Chloë has had to overcome crossing attempts that did not end up successful, for a variety of reasons,” observes Steven Munatones. “Her track record of success since 2009 is so remarkable, but her DNF’s occasionally dotted her 12-year run in the English Channel. Those failures make her 43 cumulative crossings even more incredible.
Every singlechannel crossing that Chloë has attempted has been successful. Her DNF’s were on multi-leg attempts. In 2009, she did not finish on the second leg of her attempted double crossing – and then she came back the next year to complete her first double crossing. In 2011, she did not finish an attempted triple crossing – but she made the first leg. She then tried a third triple crossing in 2012 – but she only made the first leg. But then she completed her first triple crossing in 2015. In 2017, she attempted a quadruple crossing, but fell short with ‘only’ a double crossing. Her pattern of coming back after these adversaries speak to her tenacity and focus on her long-term goals. Her longevity in the sport – a most grueling and expensive one – is obvious: every year between 2009 and 2021, she has completed English Channel crossings – except for 2013 when she didn’t swim.”
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