Brenda Norman Swims In Reverse To Make History

Brenda Norman Swims In Reverse To Make History

Doug Hughson reported the newest additions to swimmers who have completed the 34 km Derwent River Big Swim in Hobart, Tasmania in his native Australia, “Over the last month, Carolyn Anderson, Brenda Norman, Joep Buijs, Marcus Payne, and Sally Catt completed the course, and Brenda Norman not pioneered the reverse course, but she also became Queen of the Derwent River Big Swim with 3 career crossings. Brenda swam the reverse course from Tasman Bridge to New Norfolf in 9 hours 26 minutes.”

Historical Derwent River Big Swims:

  1. 25 January 1975: Des Renford in 10 hours 54 minutes, first person to complete the swim
  2. 26 January 1976: Dick Campion in 9 hours 19 minutes
  3. 26 January 1976: Jenny Anderson in 9 hours 44 minutes
  4. 27 January 1973: Relay team Park Beach SLSC in 7 hours 43 minutes with Geoff MarshMike WatkinsStephen GodfreyDon MarshGary Everingham and Don Hallett rotating on 1-hour legs
  5. 31 January 2015: Daniel Curtis in 15 hours 57 minutes, first international swimmer
  6. 1 January 2020: Emma Radford in 7 hours 46 minutes
  7. 7 March 2020: Lynton Mortenson in 11 hours 10 minutes
  8. 13 December 2020, Ross Youngman in 9 hours 11 minutes
  9. 7 January 2021: Richard Jones in 10 hours 8 minutes
  10. 9 January 2021: Brenda Norman in 7 hours 4 minutes (new record for fastest woman)
  11. 24 January 2021: Sharon Young in 9 hours 53 minutes
  12. 30 January 2021: Anna Strachan in 7 hours 31 minutes
  13. 12 February 2021: Stuart Donnachie in 7 hours 54 minutes
  14. 13 February 2021: Val Kalmikovs in 7 hours 58 minutes
  15. 28 February 2021: Eric Bateman in 10 hours 27 minutes
  16. 8 March 2021: John van Wisse in 6 hours 49 minutes (new overall fastest swim)
  17. 12 March 2021: Doug Hughson in 9 hours 29 minutes
  18. 20 March 2021: Luke Richards in 9 hours 37 minutes
  19. 9 December 2021: James Clothier in 8 hours 47 minutes
  20. 30 December 2021: Anna Strachan in 7 hours 10 minutes
  21. 31 December 2021: Joy Symons in 7 hours 42 minutes
  22. 1 January 2022: Jayde Richardson in 8 hours 2 minutes
  23. 1 January 2022: Zen Durbidge in 8 hours 39 minutes
  24. 12 January 2022: Jonathan Wall in 10 hours 38 minutes (achieves Triple Crown)
  25. 13 January 2022: Carolyn Anderson in 9 hours 52 minutes
  26. 13 January 2022: Brenda Norman in7 hours 47 minutes
  27. 14 January 2022: Joep Buijs in 8 hours 25 minutes
  28. 15 January 2022: Marcus Payne in 8 hours 55 minutes
  29. 18 January 2022: Sally Catt in 11 hours 10 minutes
  30. 19 January 2022: Brenda Norman in 9 hours 26 minutes (pioneered the reverse course)

With Norman’s third career crossing, she takes the new Queen of Derwent River Big Swim title from Anna Strachan. Brenda also started the charity Channel 4 Change in order to raise money for children, particularly in rural areas.

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