Ellery McGowan

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Ellery McGowan, winner of four titles at the World Winter Swimming Championships
The English Channel course of the Swinging Sixties relay team who consisted of Ellery McGowan, Chris Pitman, Irene Keel, Duncan McCreadie, and Rob Hughes

Ellery McGowan is an open water swimmer from Australia who is currently the Head of Swimming and Water Polo at Charterhouse School, a boys's boarding school in Surrey, England. She obtained her coaching qualifications at the Australian Institute of Sport.


Ice Swimming Career

She won four age-group titles in the 25m and 50m freestyle at the 2010 and 2012 World Winter Swimming Championships in Slovenia and Latvia, respectively.

Marathon Swimming Career

At the age of 64, McGowan is the oldest woman to have swum the 26.4 km Lake Zurich Marathon Swim in 2010 (11 hours 35 minutes). She completed the 2012 Ederle Swim in New York (6 hours 18 minutes) and the 2013 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim boat assisted at the age of 66.

McGowan was part of the 5-person Guildford Lido Legends relay team in 2005 that crossed the English Channel and two additional English Channel relays including leading the 5-person Swinging Sixties team (average age 66 years) that crossed in 13 hours 59 minutes on 23 July 2012.

She has competed in the 10 km Eton Swim in 2012.

Open Water Swimming Career

She has competed in the 2 km Lee Swim, the 3.8 km Seahorse Swim, the 3.8 km River Arun, and the 2.3-mile Hampton Court Swim.

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