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Ealing gold medal Paralympic swimmer Alice Tai MBE completes her English Channel challenge

A gold medal Paralympic swimmer who trains with Ealing Swimming Club has completed her English Channel challenge.

Alice Tai MBE,  headed up Channel More, an initiative by performance nutrition brand Optimum Nutrition which has trained five people for five months to cross the English Channel in a 18-hour swim relay covering 21-miles of open water. 

Alice Tai MBE, a Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European para gold medallist led and supported the swimmers of varying experience with coaching help from Olympian and swim expert Professor Greg Whyte.

Joining Alice were were Hasfa Mughal from Waltham Forest, Seren Jones from East London, Tom Peters from Sheffield, Aidan Pritchard from Merton and Tony Willis from Surrey.

On completing the challenge, Ms Tai said: “I cannot believe we have just swum the English Channel! It’s been five months in the making of strict training, both physically and mentally to get prepared for the challenge. I feel overcome with emotions; there were points where it felt almost unachievable, but we came together as a team and really pushed our level endurance to keep going.”

Ms Tai added: “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Hasfa, Seren, Tom, Aiden and Tony but also withoutProfessor Greg Whyte OBE, who has been so motivating and consistent with all of his training and support.”

To find out more about the challenge, click here.

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