Channel conqueror

FORMER Swan Hill resident Esther McConnell has just achieved the impressive feat of swimming the English Channel, a success less than 2000 people in the world can boast.

Earlier this month she realised a lifelong dream, conquering the channel in 11 hours and 47 minutes. 

Esther McConnell celebrates after completing the famed English Channel swim. Picture: FACEBOOK.

Esther McConnell celebrates after completing the famed English Channel swim. Picture: FACEBOOK.

Starting near the English town of Dover, she swam approximately 32kms to reach the northern shores of France.

The English Channel is notorious for quickly changing weather conditions so swimmers are escorted by a support team on boat as well as an aeroplane pilot to oversee proceedings.

Since the first completed swim in a strong criteria has been established by the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) for a crossing to be officially recognised.

This includes things such as the swimmer not being able to use any artificial aid, wear only one cap, goggles, a set of ear plugs and bathing suit that must be sleeveless and legless. 

Because swimmers are not allowed to touch another human during the course of the swim, any fuel in the way of food will be passed by a long pole from an escort boat.

Supporters of Esther were able to follow her progress via live streams on her Facebook page that highlighted the challenge she faced in at times choppy waters.

To watch Esther's mammoth effort, check out her Facebook page Esther's English Channel Crossing where you can watch the live feeds provided from her support boat. 

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