Kim Chambers

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Kimberley Chambers by Brett Hillyard of Hilly Collective
Kimberley Chambers, photo by Brett Hillyard of Hilly Collective
Kimberly Chambers being congratulated by Linda Kaiser and Joseph Locke after a 19 hour 27 minute Molokai Channel crossing
Kim Chambers with the Night Train Swimmers
Kimberley Chambers is an open water swimmer from New Zealand living in the San Francisco Bay area. A former ballerina, she is a member of the Dolphin Club of San Francisco, the South End Rowing Club and North Bay Aquatics. She is also a member of the Night Train Swimmers, and a successful relay team that swam 26.4 nautical miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands off the coast of northern California, U.S.A. on 20 May 2011 in 14:45:08 with Phil Cutti, Darrin Connolly, David Holscher, Vito Bialla and John Mathews.


Athletic Background

Chambers is a classically trained ballerina. She began dancing at the age of 2 years old and over the next 15 years practiced under the Royal Academy of Dance, competing and performing throughout New Zealand. Although she no longer dances she is qualified to teach ballet. While studying at the University of California at Berkeley, Chambers was recruited to the women's freshman crew team. Chambers has been swimming for less than 4 years, discovering her passion for the sport while rehabilitating a life-threatening leg injury.

2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Chambers was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads:

Kimberley Chambers was 30 minutes from having her leg amputated after a traumatic fall down a flight of stairs. Nearly all hope had evaporated in the hospital, but destiny ultimately intervened. After her leg was saved, she took up swimming in order to avoid being disabled and unable to walk. After a difficult two-year rehabilitation period, she learned to love swimming and those in the sport. This year, she has blossomed in ways she could not have imagined before. She completed the Strait of Gibraltar in May, the Catalina Channel in July, and the English Channel in September en route towards her goal of achieving the Oceans Seven. For her optimistic view of life, for her deep sense of appreciation of her teammates and supporters, for her utter joy in the discovery of her vast potential, Kimberley Chambers is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Swimming Woman of the Year.


Marathon Swims

Chambers has also completed the following solo crossings:

She is currently ranked #5 in the global Oceans Seven list with 6 of the 7 channels completed.

Catalina Channel Crossing

SF to SB Relay

Chambers is a member of the Night Train Swimmers team that attempted the SF to SB Relay, the world's longest non-stop ocean relay swim attempt (339 miles or 545.4km) along the California coast from San Francisco to Santa Barbara together with Phil Cutti, Patti Bauernfeind, Dave Holscher, Joe Locke, Zack Jirkovsky, and crew Patrick Horn and Captain Vito Bialla between 23-28 September 2012. It was halted after 6 days due to bloom after bloom of venomous jellyfish.

Lake Tahoe Crossing

Chambers successfully completed the 21.25 mile crossing of the length of Lake Tahoe on 5 August 2012 in 15 hours 30 minutes and 28 seconds to become the first New Zealander and the 26th person to complete the swim.

Cook Strait swim

On March 5th 2012, Chambers made a successful solo crossing of the Cook Strait. Swimming from the South Island to the North Island of New Zealand, Chambers completed the swim in 8 hours 26 minutes.

Molokai Channel Swim

Chambers completed a 19 hour 27 minute crossing of the Kaiwi Channel on 9 November 2012. She left Kalua Koi on Molokai Island at 8:23 pm the previous night and arrived at China Walls on Oahu at 3:50 pm on 9 November 2012 with over 50 Portuguese man o war stings under the guidance of Captain Matt Buckman.

Relay swims to the Farallon Islands

Relay Swimmer for the Night Train Swimmers: Chambers was the only woman on the first-ever relay team swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands off the coast of northern California, U.S.A. on 20 May 2011, covering 26.4 nautical miles. Time finished: 14:45:08. The team members were Phil Cutti, Darin Connolly, Dave Holscher, Vito Bialla, and John Mathews. (watch the video here)

Relay swimmers for the Night Train Swimmers: Together with Vito Bialla, Chambers organized and also participated in the first all-female team to successfully swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands on 4 June 2011. Chambers struggled and triumphed with relay teammates Lynn Kubasek, Laura Vartain Horn, Cathy Delneo, Melissa King and Patti Bauernfeind from the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Farallons Island in 16 hours 29 minutes. The six hardy women went through three rotations on their relay through the Red Triangle (watch their swim here).

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