Dee Newell is a 35-year-old Irish open water swimmer and Army officer who swims for the Atlantic Masters Galway.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- She serves as an International Ice Swimming Association official.
- On 26 January 2019, she finished 3rd in the 50m butterfly at the IISA Ireland 1k National Championships in 50:23 in Wild Water Armagh, Northern Ireland.
- She did the 2004 Galway Triathlon.
- She competed in the 2012 and 2016 Galway Bay Swim.
- She did a 500m swim in under 2°C water.
- She completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 14 hours 54 minutes.
- She completed a 4.5 km crossing from Europe to Asia across the Hellespont & Dardanelles.
- She competed in the 13 km Galway Bay Swim in 2016.
- She participated in the 94 km Irish Sea Swim from Holyhead, Wales to Dublin, Ireland that benefitted the Gavin Glynn Foundation in 38 hours 52 minutes between 10:26 pm on 17 September 2019 and 1:20 pm on 19 September 2019. The team consisted of Captain Ger Kennedy, Vice Captain Anna Mc Carthy, Dee Newell, Ger Devin, Richard Dunne and Garrett McDermott with Pádraig Mallon and Nicky Donnelly serving as escort pilots and Milo Mc Court serving as a crew member with observer Ian Conroy on the Irish Sea Relay swim.
- On 25 February, she completed an Ice Kilometer in 22 minutes 23 seconds in Deception Island in Antarctica in 1.60°C water at the age of 35 in the Antarctica 2020 ice swimming event.
2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination
Newell participated in the Antarctica 2020 International Swim that was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category with the following nomination: The Southern Ocean is at the bottom of the world surrounding the continent of Antarctica. Inhospitable to humans, but remarkably, Ger Kennedy organized a series of ice swims accessible around the ice-covered tundra to some of the most hardened ice swimmers on the planet. Antarctica 2020 International Swim was held inside the Antarctic Circle to celebrate Lynne Cox's pioneering Antarctica swim in 2002 and enable people to swim short distances or Polar Ice Miles. From Argentina, the Polar Swimming Quest set off by ship and stopped in the Bellingshausen Sea and the Weddell Sea over a few weeks. 12 swimmers entered the cold waters of Antarctica with bioprene only with three major swims safely recorded. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu set a world record in Hanusse Bay in 0.0°C water with 22 minute 44 second Zero Ice Mile. Two days later, Ger Kennedy swam another Zero Ice Mile in Paradise Bay in 0.53°C water and -1.10°C air in 34 minutes 2 seconds, and Cath Pendleton followed up 10 days later in Hanusse Bay with a 32:54 Zero Ice Mile in 0.03°C water and -3.2°C air. For safely organizing swims by Kathryn Pratschke, Redy Redfern, Dee Newell, Jane Hardy, Tiffiny Quinn, Michelle White, Una Campbell, Martina Ring, Anne O'Donovan, Matías Ola, and Alice Kelliher in Antarctica with the help of Sean Cullen and Dimcea Lulian Zamfir, for encouraging marine conservation awareness while encountering challenging conditions, and for enabling the extension of the known physical boundaries for everyone involved, the Antarctica 2020 International Swim by Ger Kennedy is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
- Arctic, Antarctica, BiPolar Ice Swimmers Announced by the International Ice Swimming Association
- White, Water, Swimming, Snow
- Antarctica 2020 Swimmers Describe Ice Swimming On WOWSA Live
- When Orcas Enter The Swim Zone
- 2020 WOWSA Awards – World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees
- Déjà vu – Irish Sea Swim Gets Prepared
- Dee Newell bio
- Irish Sea Swim
- International Ice Swimming Association
- Irish Long Distance Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association