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Stephen Redmond

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Stephen Redmond is an Honour Swimmer of the Class of 2017 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Stephen Redmond is an inductee of the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Fastnet Rock with Stephen Redmond in foreground
Inductee
Stephen Redmond in the Red Bull Bulletin on his quest for the Oceans Seven, captured in the film Defeating Oceans Seven
Stephen Redmond, subject of the film Defeating Oceans Seven, about his quest of the Oceans Seven, produced by Red Bull Media House

Stephen Redmond (born 1 August 1965) from County Cork, Ireland is a former rugby player and triathlete who has become one of the world's hardiest marathon swimmers and a famed endurance athlete. He serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

Defeating Oceans Seven

Honours

Motivation

Redmond uses mantras of his children while tackling the channels around the world. "I use anything that gives me a mental edge. Marathon swimming is about as close as you can get to death while you are alive here on Earth. You lose all sense of perception while you are swimming in such difficult conditions," said the swimmer who typically traverses channels at a 48-52 strokes per minute pace.

Fund-raising

Redmond's fund-raising page to achieve the Oceans Seven is here. His Facebook page is here.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Redmond was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Few have endured and enjoyed a year like Stephen Redmond in the annals of marathon swimming. A man so driven, so committed to achieving the Oceans Seven that he inspired his community and moved a nation. Through his tenacious assault on the world’s most difficult channels, he laid everything he had on the line – money, reputation, family and friends. While Mother Nature was anything but maternalistic, he battled every obstacle known to open water swimmers. Failure greeted him nearly 50% of the time during 2012, but he eventually wrestled success from angry seas. His triumphant swims across the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Tsugaru Channel in Japan, and around Fastnet Rock in Ireland have made Redmond an Irish icon. For his risk-taking spirit, for his relentlessly adventurous soul that enabled him to achieve the Oceans Seven, for his humble acceptance of the unexpected and of success, Stephen Redmond is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Redmond's Tsugaru Channel Crossing was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Do the four-leaf clovers exist in the open water? They do in the realm of Stephen Redmond. Rarely has a man, his support team and his larger community around him have been so tested and so focused in overcoming adversity in the open water world. His first two attempts at swimming the Tsugaru Channel, his final leg of the unprecedented Oceans Seven, were thwarted by currents and tides. Dejected, he returned home to regroup, re-energize, and re-plot his strategy. His third attempt – that started so promising – was suddenly cut short by unexpectedly strong winds. Depression was never more evident on a swimmer. The broad shoulders of the Irish icon drooped like tree branches heavily laden with snow. But he was not prepared to return home with a fourth failure. As the weather broke on his last day in Japan, his faith was severely tested, but he was never without hope. His love of the challenge and his luck on the final day was what he needed to complete the Tsugaru Channel in 12 hours 45 minutes. For his commitment to the cause, for his deeply held faith, for his humility in the face of fame and courage in face of angry seas, Stephen Redmond’s four attempts at the Tsugaru Channel are collectively a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Videos

Radio Interview

Courtesy of LoneSwimmer.com:

The Swimmer


The Swimmer is a film about Stephen Redmond, an Irish marathon swimmer who tries to make sense of his life one stroke at a time in the isolation of the cold Atlantic Ocean.

2015 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Redmond was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

2016 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Redmond was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2016 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
4. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
6. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
14. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
16. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
24. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
26. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
40. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
41. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
42. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
44. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
44. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
45. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
46. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
46. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
48. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
49. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
44. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
46. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

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)

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