Lynton Mortensen is a 54-year-old Australian open water swimmer from Brisbane who serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor. He was the first Australian and 12th person in the world to complete the Oceans Seven channels. He also completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming within 3 months and the Australian Triple Crown in March 2020. His nickname is Sea Bull.
Open Water Swimming Career
- In 2015, he completed the 10 km Balmoral Ocean Swim in Australia in 3 hours 5 minutes 10 seconds.
- On 27 February 2016, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 7 hours 13 minutes 47 seconds at the age of 51.
- On 15 September 2016, he completed the 14.4 km Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 5 hours 12 minutes at the age of 52.
- On 25 February 2017, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 8 hours 28 minutes 41 seconds at the age of 52.
- In 25 March 2017, he completed a 25 km Port to Pub in Western Australia in 9 hours 46 minutes 19 seconds.
- On 30 April 2017 he completed the 10.0 km Burleigh Heads to Surfers Paradise Swim on the Gold Coast Queensland in 2 hours 44 minutes at the age of 52.
- On 21 May 2017, he completed the 10 km South Head Roughwater Swim from Bondi Beach to Watsons Bay, Sydney in 3 hours 38 minutes at the age of 52.
- On 24 June 2017, he completed the Dorney Lake Eton Bray Open Water Race in England in 3 hours 13 minutes at the age of 52.
- On 30 June 2017, he completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 12 hours 35 minutes.
- On 17 July 2017, he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 13 hours 49 minutes 17 seconds at the age of 53.
- On 19 August 2017, he finished third in the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim around New York City in 7 hours 18 minutes 40 seconds at the age of 53.
- On 27 September 2017, he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 13 hours 59 minutes 47 seconds at the age of 53.
- On 13 October 2017, he attempted to cross the Bristol Channel in the UK in an attempt to completed the Original Triple Crown, but he was pulled for safety reasons as the winds picked up.
- He was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
- He was nominated for the Barra Award for Most Prolific Overall Year by the Marathon Swimmers Federation in 2017.
- On 24 February 2018, he finished 175th in the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 6 hours 19 minutes 29 seconds at the age of 53.
- On 12 May 2018, he completed the 28.2 km length of the southern Gold Coast from Snapper Rocks to Main Beach Southport in 10 hours 16 minutes at the age of 53.
- On 26 May 2018, he finished 23rd in the 7.5 km Battle of Carlingford Lough in Ireland in 2 hours 6 minutes 52 seconds at the age of 53.
- On 30 June 2018, he completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 14 hours 49 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 14 August 2018, he completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in northern Japan in 9 hours 34 minutes 15 seconds at the age of 54 under the escort of Captain Ito.
- On 22 September 2018, he completed a 15 km crossing of La Bocaina Strait from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands off northwest coast of Africa in 4 hours 36 minutes. He attempted a two-way crossing, but his escort captain aborted the attempt after 9 hours due to deteriorating conditions on the second leg.
- On 14 November 2018, he completed a 29.5 km crossing of the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in 14 hours 14 minutes to become the first Australian to complete the Oceans Seven.
- He completed the fastest completion of the 7 channels of the Oceans Seven in just over 2 years.
- On 23 February 2019, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in 7 hours 33 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 9 March 2019, he completed the 10 km Mentone Open Water Marathon Swim in Melbourne, Australia in 3 hours 34 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 13 April 2019, he completed the inaugural 26 km Palm Beach to Shelly Beach Swim in Sydney, Australia in 8 hours 23 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 19 April 2019, he completed the 32 km Kaulakahi Channel from Kauai to Niihau in Hawaii in 13 hours 59 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 24 April 2019, he completed the 17 km Auau Channel from Maui to Lanai in Hawaii in 5 hours 16 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 18 May 2019 he completed a 66 km counterclockwise circumnavigation swim of Jersey Island in 11 hours 28 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 26 May 2019, he completed the 7.5 km Battle of Carlingford Lough in 3 hours 2 minutes at the age of 54.
- On 28 July 2019, he completed the 8 km Picnic Bay Magnetic Island to Strand Beach Townsville Swim in 3 hours 29 minutes at the age of 55.
- He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
- He completed the 34 km Derwent River Big Swim in Tasmania, Australia to become the first person to complete the Australian Triple Crown on 7 March 2020.
- He became the first person to complete the Australian Triple Crown with the following 3 swims:
- He competed in the Swim Around Keppel event, a 20 km circumnavigation swim around Great Keppel Island in Queensland, Australia held on 15 August 2020, finishing in 6 hours 45 minutes.
- On 14 February 2021, he became the first person to swim 30 km around Lord Howe Island in Australia in 12 hours 29 minutes at the age of 56.
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
Lynton Mortensen is a man for all seasons. He completed 4 Oceans Seven channel swims over the last calendar year and achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming within 3 months. The 53-year-old Australian completed crossings of the Strait of Gibraltar, Rottnest Channel (twice), English Channel, North Channel, 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim, Catalina Channel and made an attempt of the Bristol Channel as part of Original Triple Crown in England. His English and North Channel crossings were 17 days apart; the fastest back-to-back turnaround for the two swims. On each of the swims he escorted the Roll of Honour (Afghanistan) Carrying 41, laying 41 poppies at the start and end of each swim as a tribute to those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice and to bring create dialogue and support in addressing veteran suicide and PTSD of returned soldiers. For doing all these swims with an exuberance that brought smiles to people around the world, while raising money for his charity, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, to help ill children in need and their families, for being an everyday hero in completing these swims, Lynton Mortensen is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
Oceans Seven Swimmers
1st: Stephen Redmond (Ireland) 2nd: Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden) 3rd: Michelle Macy (USA) 4th: Darren Miller (USA) 5th: Adam Walker (UK) 6th: Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand) 7th: Antonio Argüelles (Mexico) 8th: Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Moldavia/Ireland) 9th: Rohan Dattatrey More (India) 10th: Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic) 11th: Cameron Bellamy (South Africa) 12th: Lynton Mortensen (Australia) 13th: Thomas Pembroke (Australia) 14th: Nora Toledano Cadena (Mexico) 15th: Mariel Hawley Dávila (Mexico) 16th: André Wiersig (Germany) 17th: Liz Fry (USA) 18th: Attila Mányoki (Hungary)
Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Honourees
He is a member of the inaugural class of Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honourees who were inducted on August 2020.
- Jennifer Anderson
- Lauren Arndt
- David Bates
- Clive Berry Rickards
- Kate Brookes-Peterson
- Roger Bruce
- Tamara Bruce
- Richard Campion
- Brendan Capell
- Graeme Carroll
- Cavill Family
- Melissa Cunningham
- William Ford
- Melissa Gorman
- Trent Grimsey
- Christopher Guesdon
- Susanne Guesdon
- Kevin Holtom
- Annette Kellerman
- Tracy Knowles
- John Koorey
- Susie Maroney OAM
- Chloë McCardel
- Linda McGill MBE
- Joseph Mitchell
- Lynton Mortensen
- David O'Brien OAM
- Penny Palfrey
- James Pittar
- Des Renford MBE
- Grant Robinson
- Rottnest Channel Swim Association
- Mark Saliba
- Josh Santacaterina
- Shelley Taylor-Smith
- Gary Toner
- Suzanne Toner
- Lynton Mortensen Pioneers a 30 km Swim Around Lord Howe Island
- Drowning In Plastic
- Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Famers Achieve Australian Triple Crown
- Luke Richards Completes The Australian Triple Crown
- Ross Youngman Completes The Australian Triple Crown
- Quintet Of Australian Triple Crowners Led By The Sea Bull
- All-time Historical Big Swims Down Derwent River
- 3 For 3: Richard Jones Completes the Australian Triple Crown
- 3 For 3: Emma Radford Completes the Australian Triple Crown
- 3 For 3: Brenda Norman Completes the Australian Triple Crown
- Brenda Norman, Emma Radford Are 1-2 Down The Derwent River
- The Milo Ice Bucket Challenge Begins
- Ross Youngman Lives Up To His Name, Sets Derwent River Big Swim Record
- Chris Guesdon Explains About The Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame On WOWSA Live
- Pioneers Swim Around Great Keppel Island
- Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honors Lynton Mortensen
- Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame on WOWSA Live
- Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class Of 2020
- Open Water Swimming
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Marathon Swimming
- Cameron Bellamy, Lynton Mortensen, Antonio Argüelles Talk About The Oceans Seven On WOWSA Live
- Lynton Mortensen Completes Australian Triple Crown
- Attila Mányoki Completes Oceans Seven With A North Channel Crossing
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Diego López Wins As Kevin Cassidy, Ian Down Complete The Triple Crown
- 20 Bridges Around Manhattan Redux On August 19
- Lynton Mortensen's Successful Summers Of Swimming
- Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
- Everyday Hero Duels Mother Nature In Triple Crown
- 2017 Marathon Swimmers Federation Award Nominees
- Marathon Swimmers Federation 2017 Awards
- Mortensen's Molokai, Déjà Vu Done
- Tsugaru For Two + Families
- Sea Bull Crosses The Tsugaru Channel
- Sea Bull Completes A Canary Islands Crossing
- Indomitable: Sea Bull Completes The Oceans Seven
- Between Molokai - Oahu Across The Channel Of Bones
- Nora Toledano Cadena Achieves The Oceans Seven
- Mariel Hawley Dávila Achieves The Oceans Seven