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Since the first ever Great Swim event back in 2008, we’ve known that open water swimming is a sport that always challenges expectations.

More than ten years and tens of thousands of swimmers later, the one constant has been the incredible diversity we’ve seen reflected in our participants. They’ve shown us that no matter what your body shape, your level of fitness, whether or not you live with a disability, or your age, you can reach your goal in the open water.
This year we want to celebrate this incredible diversity and challenge the wider world’s preconceptions of who an athlete is.

Our 2019 ‘Unexpectedly Great’ campaign will tell some of these inspirational stories and hopefully inspire many more people to think about what they could achieve through a Great Swim event.






Amelia Evans


Ben Robinson


Bill Moore


Gill Haddington


Nahla Mahmoud


Nick Williams


Sylvia Mac