CSA Directors among the 101 movers and shakers in open water swimmingFriday, 27 January 2012
The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has published a list of 101 movers and shakers in the open water swimming world. These include our own President Michael Read MBE, Chairman Peter van Vooren, Secretary Dr Julie Bradshaw MBE, Webmaster Susan Ractliffe, Joan Metcalfe and Montserrat Tresserras.
CSA President awarded MBEFriday, 06 January 2012
Congratulations to Michael Read, our CSA president who has been awarded an MBE for over 50 years of service to swimming.
Born in Brighton, Michael began swimming relatively late at 14 years old. During the period from 1969 to 1971 he became a FINA judge, timekeeper, referee and starter and he remembers his time at the Edinburgh Commonwealth pool with great affection. English Schools champion, British Universities Champion, and second in the ASA National Championships in 1959, Michael was selected to represent Great Britain in Swimming in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome but unfortunately due to injury, was never able to compete.
He joined the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) in 1969, making his first crossing that year and became a committee member in 1973. He was elected Vice Chairman from 1977-93 and Chairman of the CSA from 1993-1999. He joined the Board of Directors of the newly constituted CSA in 1999 and was elected Chairman. After a long struggle with the former King, Des Renford, he finally became King of the Channel in 1979. He still retains this title along with being the CSA President, helping swimmers cross the Channel every year. On behalf of the CSA and all its swimmers we would like to congratulate Michael on his achievement.
New CSA Website launched today!Sunday, 11 December 2011
Another Successful Swim SeasonSunday, 04 December 2011
2011 was another successful swim season with 38 solo swimmers and 33 relays successfully crossing the channel. It was great to see so many of you at the Annual Dinner last month - photo's are now on the website!
Annual Dinner Success!Sunday, 06 November 2011
We had our Annual Dinner on 5th November which proved to be another success. It was lovely to see many of our swimmers and pilots reminiscing about their swimming experiences. Thanks to you all for coming and making it a memorable night. Look out for the photo's which will be uploaded soon. Next years dinner is on 3rd/4th Nov 2012 so make a note in your diaries.
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2011 Marks a Significant YearMonday, 03 October 2011
2011 marks a significant year for some of our Channel swimmers. These include the Centenary of Tom Burgess' swim in 1911; 50th anniversary of Antonio Abertondo's first 2-way crossing of the Channel in 1961 in 43 hours and the 50th anniversary of Rosemary George's first crossing in 1961.
Doug Wright who swam the Channel has written to us saying....'not to be melodramatic but my swim experience touched me deeply. I won't be back for awhile but i will return someday. The Channel has that effect on swimmers'.
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