Cath Pendleton

cath pendleton

Known as “The Merthyr Mermaid,” Cath Pendleton earned a Guinness World Record for “The most southerly Ice Swim (female)” as the first person to swim a mile inside the Antarctica polar Circle.

[mashshare]

About

Cath Pendleton's matter-of-fact ambitions in cold water, her easy-to-grasp descriptions of her swims in Antarctica and inside the Polar Circle in Russia served her well as the protagonist in a BBC One documentary film. She became the first woman to complete a Zero Ice Mile in 0.03°C water and -3.20°C air in 32 minutes 54 seconds in Antarctica.

Why it was nominated

For representing the Ice Swimming community so well and so authentically on BBC and in the media, and for achieving the Zero Ice Mile inside the Antarctic Polar Circle during the Antarctica 2020 International Swim.

Country

Wales

Swimmer

Cath Pendleton

2633

15175
  • Michelle lloyd

    Michelle lloyd

    01/06/2021

    A wonderful lady and such a true inspiration

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Thank you very much lovely xx

    • Dave

      Dave

      01/16/2021

      A truly amazing effort on the ice swim .
      Well done hope you win the award.
      An inspiration to us all.
      Stay Safe and well.?

      • Cath Pendleton

        Cath Pendleton

        01/18/2021

        Thank you very much. Really tough competition but an honour to be nominated. x

    • Sarah Jones

      Sarah Jones

      01/26/2021

      To a Merthyr mermaid from a Taffy trout! Thanks for being an inspiration, good luck??

      • Cath

        Cath

        01/29/2021

        Thank you Taffy Trout xx

  • Sarah Hunt

    Sarah Hunt

    01/06/2021

    A brilliant freind and an inspiration to many

    • Nina McGinley

      Nina McGinley

      01/06/2021

      People are often described as being an inspiration. Cath epitomises it.
      Her dedication to improving at her sport and continuing to push her physical, mental and emotional boundaries have captured the hearts of a nation. She has shown that no matter your circumstances, if you have dreams and set goals , you can achieve.
      Well Done Cath on all your successes so far…can’t wait until your next chapter.

      • James Craig

        James Craig

        01/07/2021

        Well said Nina! X

      • 01/09/2021

        Amazing such inspiration dedicated just awesome da-iawn Catherine xx

      • 01/09/2021

        She is such a lovely person and so damn inspirational

      • Cath Pendleton

        Cath Pendleton

        01/10/2021

        Thank you very much for your votes and lovely comments xx love you all xxx

  • Julie Thomas

    Julie Thomas

    01/06/2021

    Amazing! The Merthyr Mermaid, an absolute legend!!

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Thank you very much xx

  • Debbie Wayman

    Debbie Wayman

    01/06/2021

    Caths dedication to Ice Swimming is such an insparation to all.

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Thank you very much swim buddy xx

  • William Murphy

    William Murphy

    01/06/2021

    So inspired by Cath and in awe of her determination and focus, award or no award you are amazing

    • 01/06/2021

      Top girl

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Thank you very much xx

  • clare potter

    clare potter

    01/06/2021

    Cath inspired me to try wild water swimming for well being. Not only that, watching her documentary The Merthyr Mermaid as a family, we discussed what it means to follow your passion. It ignited some wonderful conversations in our family. Good luck Cathx

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Clare, thank you very much xxx

  • Michelle white

    Michelle white

    01/06/2021

    Cath is amazing and truly serves to win this award. I got to witness her swim in Antarctica, it was an experience I will never forget. She’s my superhero ?‍♀️

  • Frances Jones

    Frances Jones

    01/06/2021

    Cath is an amazing person and mother. She is truly gifted in her swimming abilities and nothing fazes her in her personal ambitions. A true inspiration to us all!

  • Annerre Cullen

    Annerre Cullen

    01/06/2021

    Totally deserve this one. Lovely person with oddles of courage, adventure and kindness in her heart

  • Ina Nysschen

    Ina Nysschen

    01/06/2021

    Cath is an example of how you can found inner strength and determination to achieve what you set your mind on. This woman is iron and so very inspirational. Cath introduced me to cold water swimming and I do it for mental health purposes. The added bonus is the amazing people you meet and become friends! Inspiration Cath! Merthyr Mermaid is our Queen of the cold water!

  • Clara Pinch

    Clara Pinch

    01/06/2021

    A wonderfully kind person who inspired over 120 ladies to join in and dip in cold water…a beautiful swimmer..glides..through water. My hero.

  • Sharon lewis

    Sharon lewis

    01/06/2021

    Cath is an inspiration to us all and such a lovely kind lady too! Good luck you’ve got my vote x

  • Kim

    Kim

    01/06/2021

    Brilliant!

  • Viki Brice

    Viki Brice

    01/06/2021

    A fabulous swimming buddy who engages with everybody from elite athletes to toe dippers to encourage and promote open water and ice swimming. Who better to represent the sport than someone who has sacrificed her own swim achievements to give support to others who may be struggling. A well deserved nomination for a lovely, friendly, and fun lady who epitomises all that is good about community and swimming.

    • Helen Jones

      Helen Jones

      01/06/2021

      My inspiration so proud of you my lovely friend well deserved.. good luck x

      • Cath Pendleton

        Cath Pendleton

        01/10/2021

        Thank you very much lovely xx swim in Spring hopefully xx

    • Hazel Wheeler

      Hazel Wheeler

      01/08/2021

      If your not into cold water swimming, you will be after a chat with Cath. Her encouragement & warmth words inspires many a would be cold water swimmer. She is everyone’s swimmy friend. Pob Lwc Cath xxx

      • Cath Pendleton

        Cath Pendleton

        01/10/2021

        Thanks Hazel lovely xx I blooming just love ice swimming xxx see you when we can x

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Viki thank you very much for your lovely comments, the journey from us first meeting to make up 4 Dippy Dragons and you introducing me to the “Ice Mile” and on has been amazing xx I really miss you and all my swim buddies and cannot wait until we can all swim together again xxx

  • Phil protheroe

    Phil protheroe

    01/06/2021

    Great inspiration. Deserves the award

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Thank you very much x

  • Maria

    Maria

    01/06/2021

    A true inspiration

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/10/2021

      Thank you very much x

  • Garry Checksfield

    Garry Checksfield

    01/06/2021

    Thoroughly engaging lady from the documentary – WYSIWYG for sure.

  • Nick Hungerford

    Nick Hungerford

    01/06/2021

    Incredible and inspirational!

  • Kimberly Cole

    Kimberly Cole

    01/06/2021

    Cath you are such an inspiration to so many! I am so glad you are being recognised for your achievements. Congratulations to our Merthyr Mermaid

  • Anne Saxon

    Anne Saxon

    01/06/2021

    Cath, you’re an inspiration to all cold water swimmers, and such a lovely person too! All good wishes to you in this competition. You deserve to win!

  • Clare James

    Clare James

    01/06/2021

    Amazing..

  • Linda Jones

    Linda Jones

    01/06/2021

    Well Done you are doing fantastic

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Thank you very much xx

  • 01/06/2021

    Good Luck

  • Siri Schubert

    Siri Schubert

    01/06/2021

    Amazing achievement and inspiring journey! Awesome!

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Thanks very much 🙂

  • Kerry

    Kerry

    01/06/2021

    What a woman! What an inspiration! Good luck to her in all she does ?????

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Thank you

  • Joanne John

    Joanne John

    01/06/2021

    You totally deserve this! Thanks for being such an inspiration x

  • Una Campbell

    Una Campbell

    01/06/2021

    I’m so lucky to count Cath as a swimming friend, her care for everyone else is inspirational. Her film is a true depiction of personal courage. Proud to know her.

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Thank you Una, I am so glad we have become friends through our love of swimming.

  • Rachael Thomas

    Rachael Thomas

    01/06/2021

    Good luck with the nomination….you thoroughly deserve it!

  • Jill

    Jill

    01/06/2021

    A very caring person should be so proud of her self having achieved so much good luck Cath

  • Alison Brown

    Alison Brown

    01/06/2021

    Amazing woman and truly inspiring, just proves that resilience can be found in us all and at any age.

  • Sarah Clinton

    Sarah Clinton

    01/06/2021

    Good luck – this would be so well deserved.

  • Ceri

    Ceri

    01/06/2021

    A warm hearted lady who gives to so many. Fully deserving of these votes for inspiring others to make changes for the better.

  • Wendy Ived

    Wendy Ived

    01/06/2021

    Amazing lady! Inspirational

  • Mary

    Mary

    01/06/2021

    Inspired me to give it a go…loved it thank you x

  • Karen Hopkin

    Karen Hopkin

    01/06/2021

    Inspired lots of midwives in her home town !!! Lots of us are dipping now !!!

  • 01/06/2021

    What an inspiration you are Cath, good luck x

  • Claire Twin to Cath

    Claire Twin to Cath

    01/06/2021

    AAA*
    Absolutely Awesome Amazing
    My Twinny-pingu (twin sister)
    Been with my Twin through all her determination, stamina, never gives up strives to do all that dreams of. A Total Inspiration To All, So So Proud is a understatement.. Always onwards and upwards, mad as a box frogs I say, but this is my Twins boundless endless energy, stamina for achieving all that puts mind to, always has since a child too.. Personality so vibrant, can do attitude, never gives up..
    Go go go Twinny never give up on your dreams SO PROUD OF YOU Luv ya millions Twinbob xxx Here’s to next challenges and goals Twinny-pingu cherub ???xxx

  • Valerie Griffiths

    Valerie Griffiths

    01/06/2021

    Brilliant person

  • Deb Howard

    Deb Howard

    01/06/2021

    My little sis?

    Absolutely fantastic, words cannot express how proud I am of my little sister and all her achievements, determination, stamina, and never gives up on her dreams.

    So so proud and proud to say she is my little sis. You go girl on to your next dream. Love you loads. Debs xxx

  • Lisa donald

    Lisa donald

    01/06/2021

    True inspiration

  • TRACEY

    TRACEY

    01/06/2021

    Such an inspiring lady. Well done Cath

  • Gemma Thomas

    Gemma Thomas

    01/06/2021

    An absolute Wonder Woman and a true inspiration

  • Sandra

    Sandra

    01/06/2021

    What an inspiration!

  • 01/06/2021

    Cath inspires so much more than swimming..personally I feel she inspires you to go for your dreams .

  • Geri

    Geri

    01/07/2021

    Such an inspiration and an amazing women.

  • Helena

    Helena

    01/07/2021

    What a woman – an ordinary lass from Merthyr achieving extra-ordinary dreams, just because she fancied giving something a go!! Cath petal you should have had ‘Sports Personality of the Year’

  • Alberto Brito

    Alberto Brito

    01/07/2021

    Barbarita, eres una heroina popular y un ejemplo para los jovenes del mundo. Sigue con esa Alegria desafiando los limites. Te apoyamos.

  • Karen Davey

    Karen Davey

    01/07/2021

    What an inspirational lady and so deserving of this award and many more!
    Well done

  • Clare Parry-Jones

    Clare Parry-Jones

    01/07/2021

    I watched the BBC documentary with headphones on. My partner told me afterwards how I had obviously been totally involved in the film, as there had been a lot of noises and tears emanating from me as I watched, and my body physically moved closer to the laptop, as if I wanted to dive in. I am moved, inspired and in awe. Thank you Cath, I don’t know if you have any real idea of the impact you have upon me and many others, and not just in the swimming! Diolch yn fawr!! Thank you so much.

  • Rich

    Rich

    01/07/2021

    An inspiration.

  • James Craig

    James Craig

    01/07/2021

    Not only an inspirational, dedicated and determined lady, but a lovely, funny and caring woman. Honoured and delighted to call her a friend.

  • Becca

    Becca

    01/07/2021

    Really enjoyed the Merthyr Mermaid and listening to Cath on the Tough Girl (?) podcast! She is totally inspiring and seems so lovely and down to earth too!

  • Dee Newell

    Dee Newell

    01/07/2021

    Above all else the reason cath should win this award is how open she is about what she does and how helpful she is to people aspiring to be like her, she is kind to all and a true ambassador for the world of open water swimming

  • Brett

    Brett

    01/08/2021

    Inspiring indeed I’ll never mention the water being cold again ! ?

  • Helen Collins

    Helen Collins

    01/08/2021

    Fantastic women such an inspiration

  • Helen Davies

    Helen Davies

    01/08/2021

    Cath deserves this so much. She is truly inspirational.

  • 01/09/2021

    Well I’m lucky to say I have Cath as a friend. But then Cath epitomises friendship to all that dip or swim. She’s encouraging and supportive to all. Reflecting that swimming is for everyone and the value and worth it brings physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. She embodies that swimming is a life skill and lesson. While her sear capabilities as an ice swimmer .. well she’s super human!

  • Lindsey

    Lindsey

    01/09/2021

    Cath is the epitome of determination. I have been practically immersed in all things Merthyr Mermaid and have promoted the love and spirit. Fabulous woman. ❤️

  • Madruga

    Madruga

    01/09/2021

    Ella és muy talentosa y merecedora

  • Mark Howell

    Mark Howell

    01/09/2021

    Been in swimming as a coach for 20 years this lady is a true inspiration and great ambassador for the sport.

  • 01/09/2021

    A true inspiration to the real people … love how relateable she is?, true inspiration xx

  • Libby Mcintosh

    Libby Mcintosh

    01/09/2021

    You absolutely deserve this cath, such an amazing inspiration. Wish you all the luck in the world xXx

  • Joanna Williams

    Joanna Williams

    01/09/2021

    Good luck, you swim in a local pond near me, you are an inspiration to many x

  • Carol Morgan

    Carol Morgan

    01/09/2021

    Absolutely brilliant you so deserve this x

  • Lynne Phillips

    Lynne Phillips

    01/09/2021

    Absolutely brilliant ! a true inspirational down to earth genuine women well deserved.

  • Kellie Kabza

    Kellie Kabza

    01/09/2021

    Voted…. fantastic effort, well done Cath, fingers crossed!

  • Marian Davies

    Marian Davies

    01/09/2021

    Amazing achievement!

  • Juliet Humphrey

    Juliet Humphrey

    01/09/2021

    I’ve just discovered her and am blown away! Wondering now what I’m capable of! Thank you for leading the way to our ice edges! ????

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Thank you Juliet xx I love the ice xx

  • Eifion Davies

    Eifion Davies

    01/10/2021

    Good luck and all the best for 2021

  • Clair Francis

    Clair Francis

    01/10/2021

    What an achievement! So inspiring and well deserved.

  • Jo Nix

    Jo Nix

    01/10/2021

    Well done and good luck !

  • Amanda Chard

    Amanda Chard

    01/10/2021

    Good luck, amazing.

  • Sheran

    Sheran

    01/10/2021

    Well done and good luck

  • Chris Ryan

    Chris Ryan

    01/10/2021

    We are so proud of you bringing some positive feedback for our town, the media and athers always want to put us down You have proven them wrong once again Thank You

  • Denise

    Denise

    01/10/2021

    Seen the program what a lovely down to earth lady, she should win this award

  • Nicola

    Nicola

    01/10/2021

    Amazing achievement inspirational to all and of course she’s a lovely Welsh lady xx

  • Dawn Mckeown

    Dawn Mckeown

    01/10/2021

    You truly are an inspiration to everyone, good luck xx

  • Dee Boys

    Dee Boys

    01/10/2021

    An amazing inspiring person with a humble attitude

  • Dee Jones

    Dee Jones

    01/10/2021

    Good luck

  • Jess Shipley

    Jess Shipley

    01/10/2021

    An amazing inspiration. Good luck and all the best for your future swims! We’re behind you all the way!

  • Cathy

    Cathy

    01/10/2021

    Amazing , could never swim in freezing water .well done .

  • Rachel Lindoewood

    Rachel Lindoewood

    01/10/2021

    I am in awe of her dedication and achievements .a true inspiration and encourager of others

  • J Gough

    J Gough

    01/10/2021

    Inspirational

  • Larraine

    Larraine

    01/10/2021

    Inspiring, something the world needs now

  • Sian Steadman

    Sian Steadman

    01/10/2021

    Good luck

  • Caris Bowen

    Caris Bowen

    01/11/2021

    Wales is behind you all the way! Well done for everything you have achieved ??‍♀️❄️? x

  • Siân Williams

    Siân Williams

    01/11/2021

    Loved the programme and your dedication and love of the water! Do it for the Welsh mermaids ?‍♀️

  • Emma Edwards

    Emma Edwards

    01/11/2021

    Loved the programme . ?‍♀️ . An amazing achievement! Definitely worthy of this award ?

  • Satyamati

    Satyamati

    01/12/2021

    A real inspiration, worthy of this award indeed.

  • Evie McMichael

    Evie McMichael

    01/12/2021

    What an incredible lady! So passionate and determined!! It’s so lovely to see! She deserves this award so badly!!!! X

  • Elin

    Elin

    01/15/2021

    Just keep swimming! Well done!

  • Linda

    Linda

    01/15/2021

    Really loved watching the Merthyr Mermaid, Cath you are an amazing lady, such an inspiration to so many ??????

  • Siân Lewis

    Siân Lewis

    01/16/2021

    Superwoman and all round inspiration to so many women. Thank you Cath ?‍♀️?‍♀️

  • Susie Davies-Lowe

    Susie Davies-Lowe

    01/17/2021

    Amazing and an inspirational open water swimmer ??

  • Hannah

    Hannah

    01/18/2021

    Voted for the best xxx

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    01/18/2021

    Truly inspirational!

    • Cath Pendleton

      Cath Pendleton

      01/18/2021

      Thank you everyone for voting and your lovely comments xxx I am trying to answer but it keeps jumping xx so I thought I would try comment as one message xx thank you millions xx

  • Dela

    Dela

    01/19/2021

    A brilliant achievement and a great story!

  • Karen Grunhut

    Karen Grunhut

    01/24/2021

    Good luck Cath. An incredible achievement.

  • Graciela García

    Graciela García

    01/26/2021

    La Sirena de hielo, valiente, osada, intrépida, Mujer, Felicitaciones, se merece todos los premios ❄?????‍♀️?❄

  • Mirella Melo

    Mirella Melo

    01/27/2021

    Una crack, valiente, decidida, felicitaciones. Toda la buena energia para que ganes. Totalmente MERECIDO

  • Magdalena Toledo

    Magdalena Toledo

    01/27/2021

    Grande Barbara eres una tremenda nadadora Sirena del Hielo

  • Laura Davies

    Laura Davies

    01/30/2021

    So amazing to see Cath’s programme and since follow her on social media! An amazing and inspiring woman! Go Cath! xx

  • Ceinwen Paynton

    Ceinwen Paynton

    01/30/2021

    What an ambassador you are for ice swimming and for women being physical, strong, determined. You are an inspiration!

  • Cristian osorio

    Cristian osorio

    01/30/2021

    Voto por Bárbara tremenda deportista única grande nuestra…

  • NigelDavies

    NigelDavies

    01/30/2021

    Voting

  • Karen Maddock-Jones

    Karen Maddock-Jones

    01/30/2021

    A very determined lady. A true inspiration.

  • Rhian Evans

    Rhian Evans

    01/30/2021

    What an inspiration Cath is …gets my vote no question ❤️

  • Jayne edwards

    Jayne edwards

    01/31/2021

    Beautiful person
    What an achievement fantastic