Irene Van Der Laan, Swimming Through The Generations

Irene van der Laan is an interior designer by trade, decorating and advising clients on how to make their homes and offices brighter and more organized in a way that reflects their personality.

But Irene’s heart is geared towards the outdoors – specifically the open water. A partial list of her open water swims from 1983 to 2011 include the following races:

• Traversée international du lac St-Jean (42 km World Cup in Canada) in 1983, 1984, 1987, 1997
• Traversée international du lac St-Jean (64 km in Canada) in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• Ohrid Marathon (30 km in Macedonia) in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
• Sabăc Marathon Swim (19 km in Serbia) in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
• La Patagones – Viedma FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix (15 km in UAE) in 2008
• Rosario Marathon Acuatico (15 km in Argentina) in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008
• Cañon del Sumidero Maraton (15 km in Mexico) in 2005, 2007
• London (10 km in England) in 2005, 2006
• Seville (10 km in Spain) in 2006
• Repulse Bay (10 km in Hong Kong) in 2005
• Al Fujairah (10 km in UAE) in 2005
• Traversée international du lac Memphrémagog (34 km in Canada) in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
• Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli (36 km in Italy) in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2005
• Hong Kong (10 km in Hong Kong) in 2004
• Dubai (10 km in UAE) in 2004
• Ein El Sokhna – Red Sea (10 km in Egypt) in 2004
• Marathon de Cancún (10 km in Mexico) in 2003
• Atlantic City Around the Island (37 km in USA) in 1989, 1990, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003
• Alexandria Abou Heif (10 km in Egypt) in 2002
• Swim Across The Sound (28 km in USA) in 2002
• Tour de I’lle d’Orleans (77 km in Canada) in 2001, 2002
• Hong Kong (10 km in Hong Kong) in 2002
• Dubai (10 km in UAE) in 2002
• Sharm El Sheikh (20 km in Egypt) in 2001
• Bohinj (10 km in Slovenia) in 2001
• Tapes (26 km in Brazil) in 1996
• Hernandarias – Parana (88 km in Argentina) in 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001
• London (10 km in England) in 2000
• Terracina (25 km in Italy) in 1999, 2000
• Bled (32 km in Slovenia) in 2000
• Salvador de Bahia (25 km in Brazil) in 1999
• Mar del Plata (40 km in Argentina) in 1995, 1998
• Santa Fe – Coronda (57 km in Argentina) in 1990, 991, 1992, 1993
• Sylvan Lake (25 km in Canada) in 1992
• Riviera Marathon (55 km in Italy) in 1992
• Yseelmeer (25 km in the Netherlands) in 1987, 1991
• Aruba (48 km in Aruba) in 1991
• Salvador (18 km in Brazil) in 1991
• Shuis (16 km in Netherlands) in 1988, 1998
• Saguenay (37 km in Canada) in 1988
• English Channel in 1988 (8 hours 39 minutes)
• Bacoli (20 km in Italy) in 1987
• Ismalia (25 km in Egypt) in 1985, 1986, 1987
• Damiette (22 km in Egypt) in 1987
• Port Said (28 km in Egypt) in 1986
• Relais Malta (78 km in Malta) in 1989
• Le Nil (30 km in Egypt) in 1985

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