A gold medal Paralympic swimmer who trains with Ealing Swimming Club is heading up Channel More, an initiative by performance nutrition brand Optimum Nutrition to train five people for five months to cross the English Channel in a 18-hour swim relay covering 21-miles of open water in the autumn.
Alice Tai MBE, a Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European para gold medallist will be leading and supporting the swimmers of varying experience. Alongside Alice, the swimmers will be coached by Olympian and swim expert Professor Greg Whyte.
Applications to be part of the project are open to April 30 with the swimming relay taking place between 20 September and 28 September 2023 (weather permitting).
Speaking to EALING.NEWS, Alice, who also used to live in Ealing said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Optimum Nutrition on the Channel More project, uniting people from all walks of life to take on this incredible challenge. As someone who firmly believes in pushing oneself beyond perceived limits, I am convinced that anything is achievable with the right mindset, coaching and nutrition. Fuelled & inspired by my team at Optimum Nutrition I have overcome personal obstacles to achieve success in the world of Paralympic swimming and I can’t wait to inspire and motivate our team to discover their full potential and unlock more in themselves too”.
Alice added: “I’m incredibly grateful to have found a home away from home at Ealing Swimming Club since 2018. The support and camaraderie I’ve found there have been instrumental in helping me achieve my dreams as a Paralympic swimmer. Not only has the club provided me with the resources and facilities I need to train, but it has also given me a sense of community and belonging and I hope to help provide that to others as part of the Optimum Nutrition Channel More swim.”
To find out more on how to take part, click here.