like few others in history during 2011.
The former world-class pool
swimmer took over two decades to raise her three children.
Now with the
kids all grown up, the 49-year-old from Queensland is making up for lost time,
fast and furious. She started off the year, swimming a trio of channels
in Hawaii. A warm-up in the 7-mile Alalakeiki Channel (between Maui and
Kahoolawe) led up to a 17-mile Kaluakahi Channel (between Kauai and
Then, starting minutes after a tsunami warning was lifted in
Hawaii, she set off on a 26-mile Molokai Channel swim of 11 hours and 40
minutes. This was all a precursor to her 68-mile swim in the Cayman
Islands from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman Island where she faced jellyfish,
sharks, towering swells and turbulence for 40 hours and 41 minutes. She
topped off her year with a 14 hour 30 minute crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in
Japan to become the leading swimmer in the Ocean’s Seven Challenge. For
her ability to organize and fund her swims all over the world, for her
extraordinary endurance abilities and her inspiration to marathon swimmers
Palfrey is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water
Swimming Woman of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
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