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Colleen Mallon

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Colleen Mallon, a nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Colleen Mallon is an Irish pool and open water swimmer and triathlete from Camlough village, in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights[edit]

  • On 4 September 2010, she finished 2nd in the 16.9 km BLDSA Windermere crossing of Windermere from Fellfoot to Waterhead in 4 hours 9 minutes 11 seconds.
  • In 2012, she finished 4th in the 10 km Vladswim Balmoral Challenge in Australia in 2 hours 31 minutes 27 seconds.
  • On 23 February 2013, she finished 33rd in the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 5 hours 41 minutes 52 seconds.
  • In 2013, she was the 10th woman in the 10 km Vladswim Balmoral Challenge in 2 hours 34 minutes 15 seconds.
  • On 18 May 2014, she finished 5th in the 10 km South Head Roughwater from Bondi Beach to Watson's Bay in Australia in 3 hours 6 minutes.
  • On 7 August 2014, she completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 9 hours 56 minutes to become the first Northern Ireland woman to achieve this channel. She braved Force 5 winds and 5-foot waves and was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year with the third fastest time overall.
  • 1st female, 2nd overall - Irish long distance National Championship 17 km, 2007 (set record)
  • 1st female, 2nd overall - British Championships 17 km Lake Windermere, 2010
  • 1st female – National Championships 10 km Lough Sheelin, 2010
  • 1st female – Swim Ireland National 10 km Camlough, 2010
  • Port Oriel Swim in the Irish Sea

Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services[edit]

Colleen Mallon and her brother Pádraig Mallon launched Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services in February 2015 where they offer North Channel crossings, open water swimming training camps and mind training as well as nutritional advice and piloting expertise for solo and relay crossings of the North Channel, Dál Riata, Isle Of Man and Irish Sea. Their open water swimming boot camp is 12-15 June 2015 in beautiful locations around Ireland where cold water acclimatization, nutritional advice, and support crew preparations will be detailed down to the last bit of Channel grease.

Triathlon Career[edit]

Mallon has completed triathlon and half Ironman events including the (Canberra 70.3 Half Ironman 2011, 12th female (AG); Husky Long Course 2012 and 2014, 12th female (AG); Husky Olympic 2011 and 213, 2nd female (AG); ITU Sydney Olympics 2011 and 2012, 9th and 10th female (AG).

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination[edit]

Mallon is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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Nomination[edit]

"Between her coaching competing from Australia to Ireland, Colleen Mallon experienced another busy year as is the norm with those with the Mallon DNA. The fast-stroking (80 spm) endurance athlete was always steady, from motivating those athletes with whom she trains to her turbulent North Channel swim where she was swimming right on the edge with Force 5 winds and 3-meter waves. Never complaining, never questioning, Mallon is a greatly appreciated personality in the open water world, always rising to meet the challenges just as the rest of her illustrious family does. For her 9 hour 56 minute North Channel crossing, for her humble, calm personality that exudes confidence with a sense of adventure, for her competitiveness in ocean swims Down Under to Half Ironman triathlons, for her volunteer crewing in channels and the Camlough Lake Water Festival, for her motivational coaching of junior swimmers, Colleen Mallon is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''

2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees[edit]

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

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women[edit]

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

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