Pat Gallant-Charette is a 60-year-old full-time nurse who cares for her two young grandchildren and is inspiring friends around the world with her attitude and marathon swimming achievements. 

She kicked off 2011 by founding the non-profit Swim for Your Heart February 14 organization that supports heart disease-related charity groups through a worldwide swim.  

Despite all the demands on her time, she manages her time well enough to train and travel the world to honor the memories of her two late brothers.  With hundreds of miles of training under her cap, Pat started her summer season by becoming the oldest American woman to complete the English Channel in 15 hours and 57 minutes.  Not content, she headed west and became the oldest woman to complete the Catalina Channel in 14 hours and 11 minutes. 

For her relentless pursuit of marathon swims in iconic locations, her unselfish nature in caring for others, and her ever-positive “can-do” spirit, Pat Gallant-Charette is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

For more information on Pat Gallant-Charette, visit here.


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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