Swim free for everyone… leisure and pleasure swimmers, triathletes, families and open water adventurers. This site helps you to be inspired, find new swimming haunts and rediscover old favourites.
Whether you are looking for training sites for triathlon, popular beaches or a private unknown place to slip into the water and set your body and mind free, this is the site for you.
Shake off the workaday cares, slip into the sea, lake, river or pool and let the water wash away the chains that bind. Free your mind and body as you drift into another world, swim out and release those cares and when you have, then return invigorated, calm and strong.
Maureen McCoy is an award winning long distance open water swimmer. In 2009 just after her fortieth birthday, she fulfilled her childhood ambition to swim the English Channel.
She has competed in many long distance swimming events, winning the Copeland Island to Donaghadee swim in 2005, the 17km Irish Long Distance Championship in 2006 and was a member of the 1st Relay Team to swim Lough Erne, 80 km from Crom Castle to Belleek. She continues to inspire future generations of swimmers as a swim and diving teacher.
Maureen had her account of her English Channel swim published in the Belfast Telegraph and the Newsletter, after which the BBC interviewed her on Newsline about her feat. Her article on the Camlough Team’s North Channel Relay swim in 2010 was published in the Swimming Times and The Belfast Telegraph published a series of her wild swimming articles, all can be viewed here.
Having been swimming in the sea, loughs and rock pools in the Mournes since a small child, Maureen has kept her love of the outdoors and sense of adventure.
Maureen’s Alaskan adventure, the 8.2 mile sea swim around Pennock Island, saw her finish as 2nd “naked” lady (swimsuit as opposed to wet-suit) and she and winner Michelle Macy enjoyed catching up over the “All you can eat” Salmon buffet after the swim.
Paul had a break from swimming for many years until he discovered open water swimming in 2007, having represented Ulster in his youth. Notable swims include the successful North Channel Relay in 2011, with Team Camlough, Copeland Island Swim 2010.
He has been a photographer for over 20 years, winning many press and editorial awards, covering assignments for national and international newspapers and magazines. More recently Paul has been working with television broadcasters both north and south of the Irish Border, RTE, UTV etc. Newspaper clients include; The Observer, Guardian, The Sunday Times, Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Dagens Nyheter and many more international publications. Magazine clients include; Newsweek, Time, Spotlight, Front, Inside Edge, Ministry of Sound and DJ magazine.
The visual arts are another main focus of Paul’s work, with photographic and video projects spanning many years. Images made have been used for book publications, educational purposes and exhibitions locally and nationally. Venues include; Tate Modern, London, The Lowry Gallery, Salford, The Pump House Museum, Manchester, The Photographers Gallery, London and Downpatrick Arts Centre, N. Ireland.
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