A Lotus Rises is a swimming blog dedicated to women who inspire and are inspired by a love of open water: We celebrate their successes, inspire others to embark on swimming adventures and raise awareness of the social and environmental issues that are entwined with our love of water.

You can get involved via the BlogFacebook, Instagram, Twitter @ALotus_Rises and alotusrises@gmail.com. We want to share your stories, so we can support you and inspire others!

The name ‘A Lotus Rises’, comes from the Chinese proverb 芙蓉出水: (fúróng chūshuǐ) Out of the Water a Lotus Rises, often used in connection with swimmers and strong beautiful women in water. But more than that; it celebrates over-coming challenges and coming into bloom, in all areas of our lives.

Welcome to A Lotus Rises.

You can read Alice Gartland’s poem Out of the Water A Lotus Rises here. The poem was written for the Swimmers’ Manifesto that was part of Amy Sharrock’s museum of water exhibition at Somerset House in Summer 2014, and explains some of the background to this blog.


Note: The blog  and its content are subject to copyright, please contact us for permission if you wish to use any of its content.

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Women who inspire and are inspired by a love of open water

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