Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Chloë McCardel

McCARDEL TRIPLE ENGLISH CHANNEL ATTEMPT ‘TOUGHER THAN EVEREST’
“WARM UP” OF 60 LAPS (48 KMS) ACROSS BONDI BEACH (EASTER SUNDAY) WILL BEAT PREVIOUS RECORD.

25 year old Australian marathon swimmer CHLOË McCARDEL’s attempt to cross the English Channel three times non-stop echoes the sentiment of Des Renford, Australia’s own King of the Channel, when he described the swim as the "Everest of Marathon Swimming”. According to his son Michael 'Murph' Renford, after just 4 short years of marathon swimming, Chloë McCardel is on the verge of becoming the greatest endurance swimmer this country has ever produced.

“More than 2000 people have reached the summit of Everest, but only 3 people have made a triple crossing swim of the English Channel. I think that statistic alone puts what Chloë is aiming to achieve into perspective.” Michael Renford said.

If Chloë McCardel successfully completes her triple crossing in July this year, she will be the first Australian to achieve the feat, and subsequently one of only 4 swimmers worldwide to do so. Her triple crossing of the English Channel is expected to take more than 30 hours of swimming to complete, where she will not only contend with fatigue, but also battle sea conditions, shipping, weather and water temperatures of around 15°C.

Chloë McCardel said ”Looking at those statistics, the swim does seem daunting. It is very challenging in itself, but I have a terrific team and training schedule to get me well prepared, so come July and favourable weather conditions, I’ll be in great form to complete the triple crossing.”

As a warm-up, Chloë will attempt a local Australian record, swimming 60 laps across Bondi Beach, a total distance of 48 kilometres, spending an estimated 13 hours in the water without fins, wetsuit or shark cage.

The current record for swimming laps at Bondi stands at 50 laps. Chloë will beat that record by 10 laps, the total distance being just shy of half the distance she will need to swim when crossing the English Channel three times in July.

The Bondi record attempt is scheduled for April 24, commencing at 4am. It is expected Chloë will complete the swim at around 5pm that afternoon. If the weather and conditions are poor, the swim will be rescheduled for April 26.
The public is welcome to follow her progress on the day at the Bondi Surf Lifesaving club or via updates on Chloë’s Twitter, Facebook and Blog pages.
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Pic (visit: http://db.tt/AMXCggD): 25 year old Chloë McCardel aims to be the first Aussie to swim across the English Channel three times non-stop.

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ABOUT CHLOË McCARDEL:
Chloë McCardel is a 25 year old marathon swimmer. In 2010, she won the prestigious 46km Manhattan Island Marathon and completed a double crossing of the English Channel in 21hrs and 48min, the 2nd Australian to do so. She has been a vegetarian since the age of 11 and is grateful for the healthy lifestyle and life-long friendships that sport has provided.


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Pic: (visit: http://db.tt/AMXCggD): 25 year old Chloë McCardel aims to be the first Aussie to swim across the English Channel three times non-stop.
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