Known as the “Queen of the English Channel”, Alison Streeter is the only person who has swum the English Channel a total of 43 times – more than anybody else in the world! She swam the Channel for the very first time when she was only 18 years old. Swimming the Channel is no easy task as the water is very cold and the tides, unforgiving. She is the first person to cross the Channel seven times in just one year!
Alison Streeter is the only woman to have completed the “three-way” — from England to France and back, then to France again! It took her a total of 34 hours and 40 minutes. We’re talking 70 miles here!! She also holds the record for the fastest woman to swim from France to England (8 hours and 48 minutes).
One of her main reasons to swim is to raise funds for various charities. She has raised over 120,000 pounds sterling. In 1991, the Queen gave her the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for all her accomplishments and for her fundraising work. In 2006, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
She worked in London as a currency trader most of her working life but now spends part of her life in Adelaide, Australia, and she spends her summers in Dover (right on the English Channel) as a boat pilot.