Alice believes that learning to swim is a human right, and that whether you’re swimming your first 25metres, splashing in tarns or crossing the English Channel, swimming can empower our lives both in and out of the water.
Alice discovered open water swimming after being knocked off her bike by a lorry on her way to work, the day before her 31 birthday. Realising it was time to change her path; she headed to the mountains of Chamonix, where, despite trail running, mountain and ski touring adventures, her love of throwing herself into water took over. In the process, she discovered a swimming community packed full of kindred spirits who have helped transform her life. Alice is passionate about creating the same opportunities for others.
Her swims include: a 4 woman English Channel relay; 2 woman Lake Zurich relay; the Solent; the Thames Marathon; Dart 10k, Sydney Harbour Swim, Scilly Swim Challenge, and the swimmer for Team Mel C vs Team Pendleton in the Human Race Women only triathlon, and competing in the International Winter Swimming Championships in China. She is equally happy swimming with seals and jumping in waterfalls in the Isle of Skye, or eating cake with her swimming buddies at Tooting Lido and the Serpentine.
Alice is Contributing Editor of Outdoor Swimmer Magazine, lead scientist at the International Institute for Swim Cake Studies, a swim teacher, Mandarin speaker, advocate and social entrepreneur. When not in the water, Alice’s research and advocacy has taken her to China, India, No.10, and the UN.
You can read Alice’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 A Lotus Rises.