A Quartet Of Heroes And Heroines

Courtesy of WOWSA, Isle of Bute.

Michael Read, Sally Minty-Gravett, Kevin Murphy and Tom Watch participated in a wonderfully inspirational panel discussion about their swims across the English Channel at the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference today on the Isle of Bute.

The quartet talked about their most difficult movements (e.g., “the last mile“), what they have eaten during a Channel swim (e.g., tinned peaches), and the joys of their sport.

Watch, who took his first swimmer across the English Channel in 1951, spoke about when former King of the Channel® Melvyn Sharp and a slew of other swimmers of the past crossed the channel. “Melvyn used to eat chicken legs and dip them in the sea water for salt.”

Photo courtesy of Ram Barkai.

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