Alison Streeter

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Alison Streeter M.B.E.
Alison Streeter MBE from Great Britain was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1985. In May 2006, she was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer. She joins her mother Freda Streeter in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and is a member of the 24-hour club.


English Channel

Streeter is the Queen of the Channel® whose record may never be broken. She has successfully crossed the English Channel a record 43 times. The next closest people are Kevin Murphy with 34 crossings and Michael Read with 33 crossings.

In 1983, she became the first European woman to complete a two-way crossing (78.8km or 49 miles in 21 hours 16 minutes) which she did 2 other times. In 1988, she became the first woman to complete a 3-way crossing (112km or 70 miles in 34 hours 40 minutes); she remains the only person other than Jon Erikson and Philip Rush to complete this feat.

Other Marathon Swims

She has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by completing the English Channel, Catalina Channel and circumnavigation of Manhattan Island. She has swum the English Channel seven times in one year and is the fastest woman from France to England, the first woman to swim across the North Channel and completed three channel swims in five weeks linking Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and France.

The Queen appointed Streeter a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1991 for her swimming prowess and charity fund-raising. To date she has raised over £100,000 for various charities.

She formerly worked as a currency trader in London, and now spends part of her life in Adelaide (Seacliff) and the summers in Dover as a English Channel Swim boat pilot.


Streeter holds numerous records, both British and world:

British Records

1984 Catalina Channel (Santa Catalina Island, California, U.S.A.): 9 hours 33 minutes
1987 Capri - Naples (Italy): 8 hours 35 minutes
1990 Round Manhattan Island (New York, U.S.A.) 6 hours 47 minutes
1995 Two-way English Channel (England-France): 20 hours 55 minutes
1998 Toreneous Strait (Greece): 7 hours 42 minutes
1998 Yarra River St Kilda Pier and return (Australia): 9 hours 40 minutes

World records (men and women)

1984 Round Isle of Wight (U.K.): 62 miles 21 hours 2 minutes
1985 Richmond, London to Gravesend, Kent (Tidal Thames, England): 42 miles 14 hours 28 minutes
1986 Gravesend, Kent to Richmond, London (England): 42 miles 16 hours 0 minutes
1986 Four Piers (Solent): 14 miles 4 hours 37 minutes
1988 Ireland to Scotland: 1st Woman 9 hours 53 minutes
1989 Scotland to Ireland: 1st Person to succeed 10 hours 4 minutes
1989 Round Jersey (Channel Islands): 9 hours 53 minutes
1992 Seven English Channel swims in one season (one every 10 days)
1995 Overall record holder for number of English Channel swims: 43 crossings
1998 Isles of Scilly to Cornwall: 1st person 28 miles 15 hours 11 minutes

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