Sally Anne Minty-Gravett

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Sally Anne Minty-Gravett (16 July 1957) from Jersey is a swimming coach and open water swimmer who was inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a member of the Half Century Club for her fifth crossing of the English Channel in 2013 in 17 hours 48 minutes at the age of 56 years.

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Marathon Swimming Career

She is the President of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club and has taught many to enjoy swimming and open water swimming. She has successfully crossed the English Channel five separate times over the course of five sequential decades and will attempt an two-way crossing of the English Channel in the future.

She received the Centenary Cup award from the Channel Swimming Association in 1975 for being the 'Fastest Swim of the Year by a British Person' across the English Channel. She is also member of the Half Century Club for her crossing of the English Channel at the age of 56 in 9 hour 51 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel from Catalina Island to the California mainland in 2006 (for her second Oceans Seven channel swim). She was initially coached by Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club founder Maurice Lakeman on her first English Channel swim.

She is married to Charlie Gravett of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation and the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club.

Global Open Water Swimming Conference

She will speak at the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, a conference hosted and organised by Oswald Schmidt, Paschal Horgan, Captain Tom McCarthy, Ciaran O'Connor, Finbarr Hedderman, and Ned Denison in Cork, Ireland. The other presenters include Professor Tom Doyle, Trevor Woods, Dr. Angel Yanagihara, Dr. Lunt & Dr. Adams, Fergal Somerville, Kevin Murphy, Niek Kloots, and Wayne Soutter.

English Channel crossings

2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Minty-Gravett was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads:

Sally Minty-Gravett is in it for the long term. Day in and day out, she walks the walk and talks the talk as one of the most trusted, experienced, capable coaches and motivators in the sport. From her first crossing of the English Channel in 1975...and her second in 1985...and her third in 1992...and her fourth in 2005...and her latest crossing in 2013, Minty-Gravett has successfully swum across the English Channel in each of the past 5 decades. Like her steady strokes between England and France, she unselfishly and constantly shares her knowledge with others in the seas as she unfailingly guides the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club. For her successful crossing achieved 38 years after her first one, for serving as an iconic role model in the sport, for her burning passion so palpable and bright, Sally Minty-Gravett is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Centenary Cup Recipients

The Centenary Cup is given to the 'Fastest Swim of the Year by a British Person' across the English Channel awarded by the Channel Swimming Association.

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