Freda Streeter, MBE, is an 81-year-old British open water swimming and channel swimming coach and training organizer in Dover, and English Channel crew member from Great Britain. Her nickname is the Channel General. Her son Neil Streeter is an English Channel escort pilot and her daughter Alison Streeter, MBE is the Queen of the Channel.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- She was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005 as an Honour Observer and Honour Coach.
- She was recognized as a Trainer for coaching her daughter, Alison Streeter, the Queen of the Channel®, on her historic 34 hour 40 minute three-way crossing of the English Channel in 1990.
- She spent five months every year for two decades training English Channel swimmers on the weekends in Dover Harbour.
- She visits other well-known training venues around the world to share her knowledge and passion. Hundreds of English Channel swimmers owe their success to her training, support and advice.
- For her volunteer work in 2016, she was announced a Member of the British Empire for services to open water swimming.
- She is the namesake for the Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming, awarded by the Marathon Swimmers Federation.
- She was named to the list of World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015.
Dover Beach Crew
Streeter is the indisputable leader of the The Dover Beach Crew, a group of dedicated volunteers, including Irene Wakeham, Barrie Wakeham and other volunteers who won the inaugural Service to Marathon Swimming Award in 2014 given by the Marathon Swimmers Forum. They regularly run training sessions in Dover harbour for swimmers who challenge themselves to solo and relay crossings of the English Channel.
IMSHOF Honour Coaches
- Richard “Dick” Campion, Australia, inducted 2010/11
- Gilles Potvin, Canada, inducted 2006
- Gus Ryder, Canada, inducted 1981
- Tom Watch, Great Britain, inducted 1986
- Freda Streeter, Great Britain, inducted 2005
- Don Watson, USA inducted 2014
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- Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation website
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- Honour Coaches In The International Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame
- Service to Marathon Swimming Award
- The Dover Beach Team
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- Marathon Swimmers Forum
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