Philip Yorke is an open water swimmer from Great Britain who serves as the Honorary General Secretary of the British Long Distance Swimming Association. He was nominated for the Barra Award for the Best Overall Year by the Marathon Swimmers Federation and serves as a swim guide at the 2017 The Kings Swimmers' Swim Camps in Menorca, Spain.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- In 2016, he swam the BLDSA Champion of Champions event: 5 mile, 3 mile, 1 mile swims in one day.
- In 2016, he swam, on consecutive days, he swam 2-way Bala, 6 miles, and 1-way Bala the day following the Champion of Champions event.
- In 2016, he swam across Windermere twice.
- In 2016, he support paddled Coniston Vets and Ullswater.
- In 2016, he coordinated and crewed for Aspire EC Relay team.
- In 2016, he swam St. Mary's Loch, 6.5 miles.
- On 8 September 2017, he completed a breaststroke crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 15 hours 52 minutes 24 seconds, observed by Don Van Cleve and Jodi DiLascio of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation and escorted by Dawn Brooks and Dan Simonelli, breaking the breaststroke crossing record of Jason Lassen, set in 2010, in 15 hours 59 minutes 50 seconds.
- On 17 August 2015, he completed a breaststroke crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 18 hours 2 minutes at the age of 43.
- On 21 August 2016, he completed a 34.8 km crossing of Loch Lomond in 16 hours 47 minutes 16 seconds.
- On 21 August 2016, he completed a 34.8 km (21.6-mile) crossing of Loch Lomond in 16 hours 47 minutes 16 seconds. He was the second person to swim it breaststroke and set the fastest time.
2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees
1. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia)
2. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico)
3. John Batchelder (USA)
4. Guillermo Bertola (Argentina)
5. Avram Iancu (Romania)
6. Stéphane Lecat (France)
7. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer (USA)
8. Lynton Mortensen (Australia)
9. Simone Ruffini (Italy)
10. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria)
11. Sayed Ihsan Taheri (Afghanistan)
12. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
13. Philip Yorke (Great Britain)
2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination
Philip Yorke quietly and consistently plays a major role in continuing the key foundation that the British Long Distance Swimming Association has played in the sport for decades. As Honorable General Secretary of the esteemed organization, he carries on the traditions that have served the sport well. Additionally, he completed a 15 hour 52 minute crossing – all breaststroke – of the Catalina Channel while serving as the Championship Secretary for the Lynn Tegid (Bala) events. For his selfless dedication in maintaining the legitimacy and traditions of the sport, for working tirelessly as a volunteer to manage and set the direction of the British Long Distance Swimming Association and serve as the head coach for the Dewsbury Amateur Swimming Club, and for his record-setting breaststroke crossing of the Catalina Channel, Philip Yorke is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
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