Kate Steels (Great Britain) – World Open Water Swimming Association

Kate Steels completed the Ice Sevens, only the third person in history to achieve this feat despite the emotional trauma and heartache of losing her only child, Daniel, and recovering from surgery to treat a brain aneurysm that threatened her swimming career.


Kate Steels achieved the Ice Sevens that required her to complete 7 different Ice Miles in Europe, Oceania, Asia, North America, Africa, South America, a Polar location including a Zero Ice Mile. She concurrently serves as the Chairperson of the International Ice Swimming Association Great Britain and as board Secretary for the global International Ice Swimming Association. She was Inducted into the International Ice Swimming Hall of Fame in 2020.

Why she was nominated

For completing one of the hardest and most logistically difficult achievements in open water swimming and raising money for Suicide Prevention. For remaining humble, reserved, and unassuming, and for inspiring others as a coach, friend, and motivator.



Great Britain


Woman of the Year


Kate Steels

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  • joanna



    Huge achievements and you are a true inspiration to SO many people, both in and outside of the sport!

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