Oliver Wilkinson is an Australian open water swimmer. He has been an amateur club and masters swimmer for over 25 years, competing for clubs in Liverpool, Melbourne and Gloucester, and has achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and four channels of the Oceans Seven.
Open Water Swimming Career
- On 8 September 2009, he completed a crossing of the English Channel in 11 hours 6 minutes at the age of 34 in 17°C water.
- On 20 February 2010, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in 5 hours 5 minutes 54 seconds at the age of 34 in 22°C water.
- On 4 October 2010, he crossed the 9.6-mile Maui Channel from Maui to Lanai in 4 hours 9 minutes in 27°C water at the age of 35 years.
- On 26 February 2011, he finished second in the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in 4 hours 56 minutes 27 seconds at the age of 35, finishing second.
- On 18 June 2011, he finished fourth in the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 34 minutes 47 seconds at the age of 35.
- On 28 September 2011, he completed a solo 45.9 km circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in 5 hours 44 seconds 2 seconds at the age of 36, the fastest time swimming around Manhattan Island in history.
- On 3 May 2012, he completed the 14.4 km Strait of Gibraltar in 3 hours 44 minutes at the age of 36 on a 4-wide.
- On October 2012, he completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel in 13 hours 5 minutes at the age of 37 with Captain Matt Buckman at the helm.
- On 4 August 2013, he won the 26.4 km Lake Zurich Marathon Swim in 6 hours 56 seconds 36 seconds at the age of 38.
- On 27 August 2016, he completed a 16.9 km crossing of Windermere in 4 hours 9 minutes 54 seconds at the age of 41.
- He has competed in and won the British Long Distance Swimming Association Champion of Champions race, Torbay swim in 2012, the Lynn Regis swim i 2009.
- He won the one-way crossing of Windermere in 2011 and 2012.
- He won the two-way crossing of Windermere in 2009.
- He won the Bloody Big Swim in 2011.
- He has completed 4 of the Oceans Seven channels to date: English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel.
- He received the Open Water Swimmer of the Year award at the 2012 H2Open Awards organized by H2Open Magazine, an award designed to celebrate achievement in open water swimming. He was recognized for the world record for the fastest time swimming around Manhattan Island in 2011, completing the swim in 5:44:02.
- On 14 August 2017, he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 9 hours 12 minutes 9 seconds with Linda Bamford and Jim Fitzpatrick serving as his Catalina Channel Swimming Federation observers and Dan Simonelli as his crew chief on board the Pacific Star.
Strait of Gibraltar 4-wide
- Solo versus Relay Records in the Channels
- The Special Race Of Rondi Davies Around Manhattan Island
- Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class Of 2020/2021
- Oliver Wilkinson NYC Swim Bio
- Oliver Wilkinson Blog
- Oliver Wilkinson Breaks Record
- Vet Tackles Channel
- Open Water Swimming website
- H2Open Magazine website
- Swimmers En Route To The Oceans Seven
- The Friendly Isle Says Aloha To Oliver Wilkinson
- Ka'iwi Channel Swim, Ready For An Epic Undertaking
- Darren Miller's Experience In The North Channel
- Darren Miller On The Difficulties Of The Oceans Seven
- Está Bien...A 4-Wide Across The Strait Of Gibraltar
- 2013 Season Results From Asociación De Cruce A Nado Del Estrecho De Gibraltar
- Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, A Cross-Continental Champion
- Ka’iwi Channel Swim 2.0, Insanely Interesting
- Highlights And History Of the Ka'iwi Channel
- What Is The Fairest Channel Of Them All?
- What If...In The Molokai Channel?
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Brownsea Island Swim Fills Up Fast
- ACNEG Inducted In The Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame]
- Men vs. Women In The Open Water
- Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
- Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! Oliver Wilkinson's Triple