Deirdre Ward


Deirdre has completed more English Channel 21 miles/34 km crossings (four) than any swimmer from Ireland – including an over and back 42 miles/68 km swim:

2012 in 14 hours and 38 minutes
2015 in 15 hours and 31 minutes
2016 (over and back) in 2016 in 27 hours 52 minutes and 53 seconds

Her other marathon swims include: Lake Zurich 16.4 miles/26.4 km in 2010 in 8 hours 33 minutes and 57 seconds, Windermere over and back 21 miles/34 km in 2014 in 12 hours 2 minutes and 55 seconds and Around Manhattan in 2014 28.5 miles/45.9 km in 9 hours 21 minute and 10 seconds.

Deirdre learned to swim, trained and competed as a member of St Pauls Swimming Club in Dublin until she left Dublin in 2002 to live in London.

She also contributed over the years as a swim organiser and volunteer: Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation – committee, Serpentine Swimming Club - Vice Team Captain and Otter Swimming Club - Membership Secretary.