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Chloe McCardel

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Chloë McCardel is an inductee (Honor Swimmer) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Chloë McCardel is a member of the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020
TRACK.RS course of Chloë McCardel on her quadruple Channel crossing that ended after 24 hours 51 minutes on the third leg across the English Channel. Courtesy of Evan Morrison of the Marathon Swimmers Federation
Chloë McCardel is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Chloë McCardel, a nominee for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category
Chloë McCardel, an Honor Swimmer with the Brickell Brothers, both Honour Pilots in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Chloë McCardel is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, a WOWSA Award and recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe
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Chloë McCardel (born 10 May 1985) is a 36-year-old open water swimmer and channel swimming coach from Australia.

Open Water Swimming Career

English Channel Crossings

1st: On 21 September 2009, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 12 hours 3 minutes 36 seconds at the age of 24.
2nd, 3rd: On 22 July 2010, she completed a 67 km two-way crossing of the English Channel between England and France in 21 hours 48 minutes 0 seconds (#2 in 10 hours 37 minutes 0 seconds + #3 in 11 hours 11 minutes 0 seconds) at the age of 25.
4th: On 25 July 2011, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 3 minutes 0 seconds at the age of 26.
5th, 6th: On 8 September 2012, she completed a 67 km two-way crossing of the English Channel between England and France in 19 hours 20 minutes 0 seconds (#5 in 9 hours 50 minutes + #6 in 9 hours 30 minutes) at the age of 27.
7th: On 7 September 2014, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 12 minutes at the age of 29.
8th: On 29 June 2015, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 8 hours 52 minutes at the age of 30.
9th: On 3 July 2015, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 56 minutes at the age of 30.
10th: On 5 July 2015, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 48 minutes at the age of 30.
11th, 12th, 13th: On 9 August 2015, she completed 100.5 km three-way crossing of the English Channel between England and France in 36 hours 12 minutes (#11 in 11 hours 34 minutes + #12 in 11 hours 8 minutes + #13 in 13 hours 30 minutes).
14th: On 10 June 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 45 minutes at the age of 31.
15th: On 17 June 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 21 seconds at the age of 31.
16th: On 22 June 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 48 seconds at the age of 31.
17th: On 11 September 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 8 hours 51 seconds at the age of 31.
18th: On 20 September 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 0 seconds at the age of 31.
19th: On 9 October 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 0 seconds at the age of 31.
20th: On 22 October 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 19 seconds at the age of 31.
21st: On 25 October 2016, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 29 seconds at the age of 31.
22nd, 23rd: On 29 August 2017, she completed a 67 km crossing of the English Channel between England and France in 20 hours 24 seconds (#22nd in 10 hours 26 minutes, #23rd in 10 hours 8 minutes) at the age of 32.
24th: On 27 September 2017, she completed a 33.5 km crossing from England to France in 10 hours 17 minutes at the age of 32.
25th: On 29 August 2018, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 0 minutes at the age of 33.
26th: On 2 September 2018, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 51 minutes at the age of 33.
27th: On 13 September 2018, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England and France in 10 hours 18 minutes at the age of 34.
28th: On 23 July 2019, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England and France in 10 hours 35 minutes at the age of 34.
29th: On 2 August 2019, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England and France in 10 hours 26 minutes at the age of 34.
30th: On 12 August 2019, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 4 minutes at the age of 34.
31st: On 2 September 2019, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 27 minutes at the age of 34.
32nd: On 30 July 2020, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 44 minutes at the age of 35.
33rd: On 4 August 2020, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 24 minutes 30 seconds at the age of 35.
34th: On 7 August 2020, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 45 minutes at the age of 35.
35th: On 16 August 2020, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 40 minutes at the age of 35.
36th: On 22 September 2020, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the 33.5 km English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 8 seconds at the age of 35.
37th: On 17 October 2020, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 12 minutes at the age of 35.
38th: On 18 July 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 35 minutes at the age of 36.
39th: On 21 July 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 22 minutes at the age of 36.
40th: On 4 August 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 9 hours 55 minutes at the age of 36.
41st: On 20 August 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 12 hours 10 minutes at the age of 36.
42nd: On 21 September 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 57 minutes at the age of 36.
43rd: On 7 October 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 10 hours 54 minutes to equal Alison Streeter's Queen of the Channel career crossing record of 43 at the age of 36.
44th: On 13 October 2021, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel between England and France in 10 hours to become the Queen of the Channel at the age of 36.

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2020 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

McCardel was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category with the following nomination: 43 is one of the most iconic records in the sporting world. 43 or the number of English Channel crossings by Alison Streeter, MBE was once considered an unassailable standard, a far-out world record that would stand the test of time. But Chloë McCardel continued to get closer and closer to reaching the standard set by the Queen of the Channel® with her 37th career English Channel crossing in August. As her channel crossings increase, so does her charity work for a number of causes, including those to fight domestic violence, and her reach to corporations in the financial and information technology industries, conferences, schools and organizations. The personable 35-year-old serves as an inspiration for business and education leaders and a mentor and an escort crew member for swimmers from all walks of life and ages, and the ambassador for a number of charitable causes. For completing 6 English Channel crossings in 3 months including 4 crossings in 16 days in a shortened 2020 season, for promoting marathon swimming and fighting domestic violence through her advocacy to a global audience, offering free online educational seminars to swimmers, for constantly serving as one of the most visible, highly sought-after and public ambassadors in the global open water swimming community, Chloë McCardel is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.​

2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

McCardel was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category with the following nomination: There is usually no swimmer as active as Chloë McCardel is on the English Channel - and this summer was no different as she pushed her English Channel crossing career total to 31 with 24 Channel Swimming Association awards. She completed another 4 solo swims this summer: 10:35 on July 23rd, 10:26 on August 2nd, 10:04 on August 12th, and 11:37 on September 2nd – in addition to a solo Catalina Channel Swim (10:05 to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming). She also dedicated significant time to coach 6 soloists (Kiel Johns in 14:07, Jason Osuchowski in 11:44, Nick Mauger in 10:42, Callum Eade in 10:56, Rick Seirer in a 29:46 2-way, Peter Tucker in 15:38) and 3 relays (5-person Can Too in 14:34, 5-person Tenacious Turtles in 13:43, 4-person Home and Away in 11:55) across the English Channel and threw in an Olympic triathlon relay in Bahrain. For coaching the 59-year-old Most Meritorious Swim winner and the 63-year-old Oldest Successful Swimmer in the English Channel, for receiving CSA awards for the Fastest Swim on the Highest Tide, the Fastest Solo Swim, and the Fastest Swim by a Lady, and for spending time, effort and energy to become today's most prolific Channel swimmer while inspiring, mentoring and crewing for other swimmers of all ages and abilities, Chloë McCardel is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

McCardel was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Katherine Batts (Great Britain)
2. Dr. Caroline Block (USA)
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy)
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
6. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
7. Ludmila Maller (Russia)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Aurélie Muller (France)
10. Barbara Pozzobón (Italy)
11. Sarah Thomas (USA)
12. Julia Wittig (Germany)

Chloë McCardel attempted the unthinkable – a solo, non-stop four-way crossing of the English Channel. While she made back and forth in 20 hours 34 minutes, she stopped on her third crossing after completing her 23rd career crossing between England and France. Even though she did not achieve her goal on her first attempt, the dream was established and time will tell if she can reach it. But the 32-year-old is one of the very few athletes in the world with the proper mindset and commitment to realistically train for and attempt the unprecedented crossing. For her forward momentum in going after the most hallowed records in the English Channel with 11 successes over the last 2 seasons, for continuing to coach charity relays across the Channel and inspire others in speeches, for serving as a personable ambassador of the sport that places her among its most legendary athletes, Chloë McCardel is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

McCardel was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year along with the following individuals:

1. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
2. Bhakti Sharma (India), Marathon Swimmer & Educational Reformist
3. Carina Bruwer (South Africa), Freestyling Flautist
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia), Marathon Swimmer & Coach
5. Colleen Mallon (Ireland), Channel Swimmer & Volunteer
6. Elaine Howley (USA), Communicator, Organizer, Swimmer
7. Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand), Oceans Seven Swimmer
8. Nataliya Fatyanova, M.D. (Russia), Ice Swimming Researcher & Physician
9. Pilar Geijo (Argentina), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
10. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
11. Sylvia Rybárová (Czech Republic), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Co-Champion
12. Susan Simmons (Canada), Marathon Swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis

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2014 WOWSA Awards Nomination

"Chloë McCardel is as tough a swimmer as she is dedicated as a coach of English Channel relays and solos and fundraising for charity. Her courageous record-breaking swim in tropical waters demonstrated a pain threshold second to none. McCardel swam from Eleuratha to Nassau in the Bahamas, a distance of 124 km that was the longest, Marathon Swimmers Federation-approved solo swim in history. Her 41 hour 21 minute unassisted marathon made her quick 9 hour 14 minute traverse across the English Channel look like a warm-up. For her inspirational leadership from her coaching the next generation of Australian and international solo and relay marathon swimmers, for her time volunteering to coach two 2014 English Channel Relays who raised $125,000 for the US Cancer Charity Swim Across America (Four Buoys and a Girl and Aquatic Water Buffalo), Chloë McCardel is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''

Honors

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

McCardel was named to the list of 2015 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

McCardel is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Alex Cape (Canada) Freshwater Adventurer
2. Aurélie Muller (France) Olympian and World Champion
3. Bridgette Hobart Janeczko (U.S.A.) Prolific Marathon Swimmer
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia) Channel Swimmer & Coach
5. Elina Makïnen (Finland) Ice Swimmer
6. Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.) Double Downing
7. Lorna Cochran (South Africa) Nonagenarian Swimmer
8. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) FINA Grand Prix Champion
9. Rachele Bruni (Italy) Olympian & FINA World Cup Champion
10. Renata Novakova (Czech Republic), Ice Swimming World Champion
11. Sharon Van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) Olympic Cross-over Speedster
12. Tita Llorens (Spain), Marathon Swimmer

2015 WOWSA Awards Nomination

McCardel's World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Chloë McCardel (Australia) Channel Swimmer & Coach
Chloë McCardel had a summer like no other in English Channel swimming history. Not only did she become only the fourth person in history to complete a three-way crossing in 36 hours 12 minutes, but she also coached a number of charity relays and did a long training swims in Loch Ness. She has now completed a total of 12 English Channel crossings at the young age of 30. With her husband Paul McQueeney aboard and the Brickell brothers piloting her escort boat, McCardel completed 3 solo crossings within 6 days (8 hours 52 minutes on Monday, 9 hours 56 minutes on Thursday, and 9 hours 48 minutes on Sunday. For her 115 km (63-mile) triple crossing of the English Channel where she faced hypothermia and intense pain on a 11:34 first leg, 11:08 second leg, and 13:30 leg, for her motivational coaching of English Channel relays and marathon swimmers, and for her inspirational swims that motivate swimmers of all ages and abilities, Chloë McCardel is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2016 WOWSA Awards Nomination

McCardel's World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nomination reads as follows:

Chloë McCardel continues on a remarkable roll to break the most hallowed record in the sport of open water swimming: the most career crossings of the English Channel. With 14 crossings over the last 2 seasons, the personable Australian surpassed both Cindy Nicholas and Des Renford with her 20th and 21st career crossings in October. Not only is she now the 4th-ranking swimmer on history's Channel career crossing list behind Alison Streeter, Kevin Murphy and Michael Read at a young age of 31 years, but she also coaches a number of charity relays across the Channel while serving as an ambassador of the sport as the most popular, most followed, most prolific marathon swimmer on Planet Earth. For her over 30,000,000 individual Google hits and growing, for her inspirational coaching and motivational speaking engagements around the world, for her continuous ocean challenges that place her among the most legendary in the sport, Chloë McCardel is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2016 MSF Calendar

She was featured in the 2016 MSF Calendar:

January: 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, Stage 5. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
February: Anthony McCarley, Catalina Channel. Photo by Caren Morrison.
March: Chloë McCardel, 3-way English Channel. Photo by Paul McQueeney.
April: Wendy Van de Sompele and Ann White, Puget Sound, Washington. Photo by Peter Ray.
May: Breda Maguire, Fountainstown, Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
June: Bernard Lynch and Liam Maher, Ballycotton, Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
July: Gregg Bolsinger, English Channel. Photo by Jean François Bouloy.
August: Lynne MacGregor, Robben Island to Big Bay. Photo by John MacGregor.
September: Elliot Spaeder and support crew, Lake Erie. Photo by Robert Frank.
October: David Uprichard, Lake Memphremagog, Vermont Photo by Phil White.
November: Elaine Howley, Loch Ness, Scotland. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
December: Vlissingen, Netherlands. Photo by Mischa de Muynck.

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

McCardel was named to the 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The women are listed below, alphabetically by last name:

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
3. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
7. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
9. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
10. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
11. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
12. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
13. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
15. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
16. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
17. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
18. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
19. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
20. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
21. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
27. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
29. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
30. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
31. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
32. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
33. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
34. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
35. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
36. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
37. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
38. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
42. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
43. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
44. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
45. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
46. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
47. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Honourees

She is a member of the inaugural class of Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honourees who were inducted on August 2020.

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