Ian Muir, another guide for The Kings Swimmers’ Swim Camps is shown below checking the course for Kathy Batts’ Loch Lomond swim in August.
As the coaches and athletes who will participate in The King’s Swimmers swim camp in Menorca, Spain continue their preparations for the camp in October and November, it is interesting to see the personal connections between its coaches.
Ian Muir (3 solo English Channel swims) and Kathy Batts (1 English Channel solo, 16 Channel relays, Round Manhattan, Loch Lomond) met in the open air pool at Gravesend and Northfleet Swimming Club in England. They both went on to compete for the same lifesaving teams at the club, county, regional and national level competitions.
Batts met Kevin Murphy (34 English Channel solos + many relays) during the 100th anniversary celebrations for Captain Webb’s Channel swim in 1975.
Batts’ father, Wilf, was Murphy’s coach when he was training for his three-way English Channel attempt. Murphy subsequently went on to help coach Batts for her own solo Channel swim, and on her Round the Isle of Wight relay and solo Manhattan Island circumnavigation swims.
“We have both worked as swim guides and mentors during our careers,” recalled Murphy. “Additionally, Ian and I met on the long distance swimming circuit and went on to compete against each other in events including a 24=hour pool race in Belgium. The common thread is that we all have a love of long distance swimming and now wish to inspire, coach and lead by example a new generation of long distance swimmers.
From my own point of view, I feel that endurance swimming has been a major part of my life. It has given me a great deal in terms of adventure, achievement, and self-fulfillment. Now that my swimming has been somewhat curtailed by injury – but I will recover and I will return – I’d like to give back to the sport something of what it has given me.
Truth be told I also harbour an ambition to be become the grand old man of Channel swimming.”
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