Support Kate Steels En Route To The Ice Sevens

Courtesy of Kate Steels, South America.

Kate Steels is an Honor Swimmer in the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.

Steels says, “I love to swim wherever I can – in the sea, rivers, lakes and swimming masters in the pool, in the UK and abroad. I enjoy open water swimming all year round.

The buzz I get from ice swimming is amazing, and in the summer I really enjoy long distance and endurance swimming together with a variety of competitions and events. The camaraderie and friendship amongst the open water and ice swimming community is second to none.”

Certified Ice Miles:
· 8 Ice Miles including 5 Ice Miles and a Zero Ice Mile counting towards achieving Ice Sevens:
#1 on January 31st 2015 in Andark Lake, Southampton, UK in 3.9°C water, 1.03 miles in 32:50
#2 on December 3rd 2016 in Andark Lake, UK in 4.8°C water, 1.00 mile in 31:38
#3 on March 4th 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge (fjord), Norway in 2.37°C water, 1.06 miles in 33:16
#4 on December 15th 2017 in Lac Aguelmame Sidi Ali, Africa in 3.83°C water, 1.13 miles in 35:00 at 2,100m altitude
#5 on December 24th 2017 in South Lake, Shuangyashan, China in 0.90°C water, -12.60°C air, 1.01 miles in 35:05 (Zero Ice Mile)
#6 on March 3rd 2018 in Lee-On-Solent, Hampshire, UK in 3.07°C water, 1.06 miles in 33:04
#7 on April 21st 2019 in Lake Simcoe, Beaverton, Canada in 4.13°C water, 1.00 mile in 31:42
#8 on August 31st 2019 in Lake Lyndon, New Zealand in 3.93°C water, 1.05 miles in 31:57

Recorded Ice Kilometer Races with podium finishes
· March 2015 IISA 1st World Championships Age Group Record in 0.08°C water
· February 2016 IISA Great Britain Championships in 5.0°C water
· February 2016 Eastonian Ice Kilometer race in 0°C water
· January 2017 IISA 2nd World Championships Ice Kilometer race in 3.4°C water
· February 2017 Great Britain Ice Swimming Championships and Ice Cup 1 km race plus shorter races in 4.2°C water
· February 2018 International Ice Swimming Association Great Britain Championships 1 km races plus shorter races in 3.6°C water
· March 2019 IISA 3rd World Championships Ice Kilometer race in 0°C water
· December 2019 Amstel Ice Swim Netherlands race in 5.3°C water
· January 2020 6th Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere race in 2.8°C water
· February 2020 IISA Great Britain Championships in 0°C water

Steels has opened up a fundraiser to raise money to support her ambition to become the first British person to achieve the Ice Sevens Challenge. She explains, “The Ice Sevens is the ultimate Ice Swimming Challenge. Only 2 people in the world have achieved this to date [Jaimie Monahan and Ger Kennedy].

The Ice Sevens requires a swimmer to complete an Ice Mile – swimming 1,609 meters in icy waters of below 5.0°C- in each of the seven continents of the world wearing only a swimsuit, swim cap and goggles. In addition, one of these Ice Miles has to be swum in water of 0°C.

I have completed 6 of the 7 Ice Miles including the Zero Ice Mile – that was the hardest swim of my life. This was in China on Christmas Eve 2017 where the air with wind chill was -22°C.

I now need to go to South America to complete my last Ice Mile and am asking for help to achieve this. This includes my travel and arranging support crew and medical cover. I plan to go this year in June or July which is their winter season.

If I raise more money than necessary to complete this challenge, I will split any surplus equally between my next marathon swim, the Catalina Channel and the Samaritans Charity. The Samaritans are a superb charity that works to prevent suicide and save lives. This is a charity that is very close to my heart for tragic personal reasons.”

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