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Alice Dearing - British Marathon swimmer. World and European Junior Champion.

Charlotte Fowles - The Executive Adventurer, solo hiking whilst on chemotherapy & crossing the Australian outback in a 4x4 truck!

Alice is currently the only black person swimming for Britain on senior team. She is the World Junior marathon swim champion (2016). and is training to qualify for the Olympic games and when she does, she will become the first black woman to compete for Great Britain at the Olympics in swimming.

Alice is a Co-founder of the Black Swimming Association (BSA) which is promoting and advocating for the inclusion and welfare of people of colour in aquatics.

Alice is studying for an MA in Social Media and Political Communication.

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Show notes

  • Who is Alice

  • What life was like growing up

  • Getting into swimming and falling in love with it

  • Getting a swimming scholarship at age 12

  • Education or swimming

  • Her dreams of what she wanted to be

  • Wanting to be a lawyer

  • Could she make a career as an elite swimmer?

  • Her amazing mum

  • The sacrifices made

  • The balance between education and swimming

  • Motivation and the reason why?

  • The mental side of the preparation

  • Her first experience of open water swimming

  • Say yes to the next race…

  • Going into survival mode

  • What’s going on inside her mind

  • The races that stand out

  • Making progress at the elite level

  • Dealing with lockdown

  • Not having access to water

  • Women’s Sports Trust program - Unlocked

  • Wanting to make a positive change in swimming

  • Wanting to encourage more Black people to swim

  • Barriers to Black women for getting into swimming

  • Working with SolCap

  • Future dreams

  • Being a co-founder of Black Swimming Association

  • Swimming being taught in schools

  • Final words of advice


Social Media

Instagram - @alicedearingx

Twitter - @alicedearingx

Black Swimming Association - Diversifying the sport that saves lives


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