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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > July 19 > “I AM EXCITED, YET ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED OF MY ENGLISH CHANNEL RELAY”


Sports psychology consultant Helen Davis suggest ways to manage fear

Swimmer: Stephen Gould

Stephen Gould is aged 55 and lives in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Stephen is a member of Tri50 and Henley Open Water Swimming Club. He currently swims in the River Thames all year round in skins and has swum in 2 degree water

Swimming background

Stephen learned to swim at six years old and swam competitively indoors until the age of 21 for Ulster, training twice a day, seven days a week. At 21, he began open water swimming and joined the Irish Long-Distance Swimming Association. At 30, he gave it all up but began again at 45 having moved to London. Since turning 50, he has increased his races to 10km, ditched his wetsuit and returned to skins.

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