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Caroline Hurley and six other swimmers with hearing loss competed in the Love SwimRun Llanberis race

On 24 June a group of athletes with special green swimming caps gathered together on the start line of Love SwimRun Llanberis. I was one of those athletes. We were wearing special hats because we are deaf and rely on British Sign Language (BSL).

Seven of us, who are unable to hear anything at all, like to be known for our love of challenges. Andrew Rees swam solo across the English Channel last year. Wesley Nolan will make a solo crossing this August. Eileen Murphy, Sue Brown and I plan to swim the English Channel in a three-person relay next year. Marc Baker and Larisa Green did the ultra Ötillö swimrun race in the Isles of Scilly in May.

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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