Compiled by Kevin Cassidy from information published by both the CSA and CSPF and the excellent research by Sydney-based sports journalist, historian and statistician John Blanch.
Complete to the end of the 2019 swim season. Any corrections or omissions can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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To the end of the 2019 swim season, 237 Australians have swum the English Channel (179 men, 58 women).
Most crossings overall (Australian)
During the 2016 swim season, Chloe passed Des Renford's long standing Australian record for the most crossings by any Australian.
Chloe completed another four crossings in 2019. Chloe has now crossed the channel 31 times, this includes one triple crossing and three double crossings. She also holds the record for the most crossings in one season - 8 crossings (2016).
Most crossings (Male swimmer)
Des Renford was a pioneer for Australian's who wanted to swim the channel. Between 1970 and 1980, Des crossed the channel 19 times.
Fastest crossing (World record and Austrlian record)
Trent Grimsey holds the world record and Australian records for the fastest time across the channel.
Trent's time: 6hrs 55min.
Cyril Baldock was 70 years and 9 months when he completed his second crossing in 2014.
Cyril with Des Renford preparing for his first crossing in 1985.
Ned Wieland became the youngest Australian swimmer when he completed the channel in 2017. Ned was 16 years and 10 days at the time of his crossing.
Oldest double crossing
Richard Seirer became the oldest swimmer in the world to have completed a double crossing in 2019.