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Trent Grimsey

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Trent Grimsey, inductee (Honour Swimmer) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2018
Trent Grimsey is a member of the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Trent Grimsey winning the 2012 State Harbour Crossing in Auckland. Photo courtesy of the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series
Trent Grimsey winning the King and Queen of the Sea in Brazil, ahead of Valerio Cleri. Photo courtesy of Effect Sport
Trent Grimsey, Australian National Team member
Trent Grimsey winning the RCP Tiburon Mile
Trent Grimsey winning the King of the Sea race in Rio de Janeiro
Trent Grimsey winning the State Paihia Classic at the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series

Trent Grimsey (born 4 May 1988, nicknamed Trento) is an Australian pool and open water swimmer.

Grimsey is an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, multi-time member of the Australian National Open Water Swimming Team, and the holder of the record swimming across the English Channel. He set the English Channel world record in 6 hours 55 minutes on 8 September 2012 and won the 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix pro circuit. He was awarded the Eurotunnel Trophy for the fastest CS&PF Swim of the Year in 2012.

Since making the switch from pool competitive swimming to open water swimming in 2008 after just missing out on Australia's Olympic Team for Beijing in the 1500 freestyle he has shown he can mix it with the best in the world. He is a member of the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. Trent has two younger brothers (Codie Grimsey and Ridge Grimsey) who are also both great open water swimmers. In 2010 he completed his Diploma of Remedial Massage and is now completing his Diploma of Fitness.

He participated in the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China and on the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup and the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series. He won the shortened 2012 Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Paraná in Argentina and set a record at the 2012 Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in 6 hours 29 minutes, breaking the 1982 record held by Paul Asmuth. He also won the 2010 RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco, California and the 2008 and 2009 Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Oahu in Hawaii. He also won other ocean swims from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (the 2009, 2010 and 2012 King of the Sea competitions) to his native Queensland including the 2012 State Paihia Classic and State Harbour Crossing in New Zealand, and 14.5 km The Clean Half and the 5 km The Five in Hong Kong.

He is coached by Harley Connolly at the Lawnton Swim Club and participated in the Battle Training.

He retired in August 2013 to focus full-time on his new business, Grimsey’s Adult Swimfit and is part of the Brothers Grimsey open water swimming clan.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

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

Few individuals have had such a busy or successful year as professional marathon swimming champion Trent Grimsey. His Barraesque schedule required hundreds of thousands of air miles from his native Queensland to participate in the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix events, invitational swims and the English Channel. Not only did he win the overall FINA Grand Prix series with two gutsy wins at the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean and the 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in Canada, but he also broke the most iconic record with his 6 hour 55 minute English Channel crossing and the long-held Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy record in 6 hours 29 minutes. Along the way, he also competed in marathon swims in the 18.5 km BCT Gdynia Marathon in Poland, the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina, and won the Oceanian Championships 10km in New Caledonia and a number of ocean swims in Australia and New Zealand. For his endurance to compete in races and travel to 4 continents, for his consistently positive outlook and his humble personality, for his record-breaking swims and numerous victories at the highest levels of the sport, Trent Grimsey is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

Grimsey's English Channel swim was also nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

The English Channel is the most hallowed waterway in the world; the bellwether venue of open water swimming; the blue chip of the sport. It was made famous in 1875 and remains the epitome, the embodiment, the quintessence challenge among distance swimmers to this day. Simply known as The Channel, its record holders are household names in the open water world. And Trent Grimsey, a rail-thin pool swimmer intelligently transformed himself over the years, strategically getting stronger, thicker, faster, smarter so his swim from Dover to Cap Gris Nez would be one for the history books. His pilot, his crew, the conditions and the course all played a role in his 6 hour 55 minute record-setting swim. For his lengthy preparation period, for his strategic approach to The Channel, for his humble nature combined with an intense passion, Trent Grimsey’s record-setting English Channel swim is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

English Channel

Grimsey's crossing of 6 hours 55 minutes broke the existing world record held by Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria of 6:56:50. He started at 6:43 am from Shakespeare Beach and finished at 1:38 pm on the tip of Cap Gris Nez with Michael Oram as his escort pilot and Damian Blaum as his handler. His coach, Harley Connolly, and Irish swimmers, Owen O'Keefe and Donal Buckley, were also on board. The wind speed was approximately 4 knots with a smooth sea and a flood tide not running fast.

Fastest English Channel Crossings in History

1. Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012 in 6 hours 55 minutes
2. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007 in 6 hours 56 minutes 50 seconds
4. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005 in 7 hours 3 minutes
4. Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2006 in 7 hours 5 minutes
5. Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009 in 7 hours 16 minutes
6. Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994 in 7 hours 17 minutes
7. Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2004 in 7 hours 20 minutes
8. Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006 in 7 hours 21 minutes
9. David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005 in 7 hours 22 minutes
10. Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006 in 7 hours 25 minutes
11. Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978 in 7 hours 40 minutes

2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Rankings

1. Trent Grimsey (AUS) 95 points in 5 races
2. Damián Blaum (ARG) 71 points in 7 races
3. Andrea Volpini (ITA) 45 points in 7 races
4. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 45 points in 6 races
5. Edoardo Stochino (ITA) 37 points in 5 races
6. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 27 points in 4 races
7. Anton Pilipas (RUS) 14 points in 4 races

Competitions

2017:

  • On 25 February 2017, he completed the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia in 5 hours 22 minutes 15 seconds.

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International Accomplishments

Mottos

'NO GUTS, NO GLORY'
'NO PAIN, NO GAIN'
'NO RISK, NO REWARD'

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steven Prefontaine

Video

Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Honourees

She is a member of the inaugural class of Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame honourees who were inducted on August 2020.

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