Photograph: BSK Swim Club Coach Ms Sally Wilde and Sixth Form Student Klaudia Sochacka at the launch of the BSK Channel Swim charity event.
The sport of
Channel Swimming traces its origins to the latter part of the 19th century when
Captain Matthew Webb made the first observed and unassisted swim across the
Strait of Dover swimming from England to France on 24-25 August 1875 in
21 hours 45 minutes. The first woman to swim across the Channel was
the American Gertrude Ederle on 23 August 1926. Five men had successfully swum
the Channel before Ederle, but she beat their best time by two hours. Her
record stood until 1950.
During The British
School of Kuwait Health Week in October an all-female team of Sixth Form
students will swim a distance equivalent to that of the English Channel, between
Lyme Bay in England, and St Malo in France: 34 kilometres. The team, who are
currently in training three times a week with the BSK Swim Club, are coached by
Miss Sally Wilde and Ms Kimberly Cochran. They will swim each day during Health
Week, and cover 6.8 kilometres per day. The team of five girls will each swim
1360 metres per day, the equivalent of 68 lengths. All the girls will be
sponsored and funds raised will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer UK which has
been BSK’s chosen charity for a number of years.
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