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NOT ALL HEROES wear capes

Inflatable swimming costumes, chain smoking and knowing when to say no. Jenny Landreth celebrates her unorthodox swimming heroes
Agnes Beckwith, centre

WOW!

SWIMMING HEROES

If you have aspirations towards dictatorship, writing a book is quite a good place to start.

It’s ‘my book, my rules’. When I was writing Swell, A Waterbiography, I went full Kim Jong-il when I was deciding who I would include as my swimming heroes. Some of them were obvious, like Annette Kellerman and Agnes Beckwith.

Annette was famous, glamorous and very showbiz, a ‘Diving Venus’. Agnes, too, led an extraordinary aquatic life, a rolemodel for girls and women. But not all my swimming heroes are swimmers.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to our February issue! The new issue of Outdoor Swimmer is packed full of awesome features to help you keep your New Year challenges on track and inspire your swimming adventures. An introduction to the world's most iconic swim, the English Channel; wild swimming adventures; swimming heroes; neoprene accessories on test; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.