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Tammy van Wisse

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Tammy van Wisse is a member of the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020/2021
Tammy van Wisse
Tammy van Wisse on the cover of an Access Bar by Melaleuca

Tammy van Wisse (born 23 July 1968) is a renowned marathon swimmer and motivational speaker from Melbourne, Australia. She is also the Proprietor of Paul Sadler Swimland, Narre Warren & Hampton Park, and showcased on the package box and each Access bar distributed by Melaleuca.

She won several Victorian State Swimming and Victorian Royal Life Saving Titles, the Lorne Pier to Pub swim, in 1986, 1987 and 1989, completed a 20 km swim in 1986 from Beaumaris to Frankston, became the first person to swim the treacherous Bass Strait in 1996, and completed swims in Loch Ness (Scotland), Cook Strait (New Zealand), the English Channel, the Olympic Games Centenary Marathon swim in Greece and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York. She was the first person to swim the Gippsland Lakes, and set a record for swimming from Battery Park (New York) to Sandy Hook (New Jersey). On 18 February 2001, she swam the length of the Murray River in south Australia from the alps to the ocean in 106 days as she covered a distance of 2438 kilometres.

Marathon Swimming Achievements[edit]

  • She set the world record (fastest person) from Battery Park, New York to Sandy Hook, New Jersey on 21 July 2006 in 5 hours 6 minutes.
  • She set the world record (first/fastest person) to swim Gippsland Lakes, Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance in June 2004 in 9 hours 57 minutes.
  • She set the world Record (fastest person) across Cook Strait, (North to South), New Zealand in March 1999 in 6 hours 49 minutes.
  • She set the world Record (fastest person) to swim length of Loch Ness, Scotland in August 1999 in 9 hours 6 minutes.
  • She set the world Record (fastest person) to swim 2438km length of the River Murray, Australia between 5 November 2000 and 18 February 2001 for 106 days
  • She set the world Record (fastest person) to swim Bass Strait, Tasmania to Victoria, Australia. February 1996. (17 hours 46 minutes - 97.4 kms)
  • She won the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York in 1997 in 7 hours 13 minutes.
  • She won the Olympic Games Centenary Marathon Swim in Greece in 1996 in 7 hours 13 minutes.
  • She won the inaugural Melbourne 30 km Big Swim in Australia in 1998 in 7 hours 18 minutes.
  • She was the fastest person across the English Channel in 1993, UK in 8 hours 38 minutes.
  • She was part of the first brother/sister combination to cross English Channel together in the UK in 1994:
    • John van Wisse - 8 hours 17 minutes
    • Tammy van Wisse - 8 hours 32 minutes)
  • She set the Australian Record for the fastest person to swim 50 laps (40 km) of Bondi Beach, Australia in 1998 in 9 hours 7 minutes.
  • She represented Australia in over 16 international marathon swims
  • She won 17 Victorian Royal Lifesaving Ironwoman Titles (without a hint of rust!)
  • As part of her objectives to promote Port Phillip Bay, Victoria as an environmentally friendly recreational asset she has also swum: Across Port Phillip Bay, Portarlington to Frankston, 1993 (40 kms), Length of Port Phillip Bay, Rosebud to Sth Melbourne, 1994 (58.5 kms), Circumference of Port Phillip Bay, Portsea to Sorrento, 1995 (144 kms)
  • She completed the 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait at the age of 30 on 10 March 1999 in 6 hours 49 minutes
  • She won the 13 km race at the 1987 Australian Long-distance Swimming Championships in 2 hours 50 minutes 21 seconds.


1991 FINA World Championship 25 km Race Results[edit]

Held in Swan River in Perth, Australia
1 Shelley Taylor-Smith 5:21:06
2 Martha Jahn 5:25:17
3 Karen Burton Reeder 5:28:23
4 Rita Kovacs 5:31:33
5 Elana Resch 5:39:47
6 Tammy Van Wisse 5:42:53
7 Corinne Liedtke 5:48:58
8 Lenka Pacáková 5:57:35
9 Rita Lazar 6:00:22
10 Jolanda Palmentieri 6:21:17
11 Bridget Young 6:25:03
12 Anita Sood 6:26:56
13 Diana Simonović 6:28:21
14 Christiane Fanzeres 6:28:44
15 Carole Hunt 6:31:20
16 Marcia Marques 6:36:10
17 Katarina Mioč 6:40:15
18 Muna Towe 6:46:09
19 Daria Amaged 7:23:02

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