Richard Broer

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Dutch Ladies First, record-setting relay coached by Richard Broer
Richard Broer is a member of the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and manages the Dutch OpenWater Swimming website and is the co-webmaster of the European OpenWater Swimming website. He also swam across the Strait of Gibraltar on 2 October 2008 in 5 hours 4 minutes, finishing at the New Tanger Port, at the age of 49. He is a member of the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee in the Netherlands and a coach and trainer for channel and marathon swimmers. He swam as part of the 6-male relay team IJsselmeerbikkels the fastest Channel relay crossing in 2010.

Dutch Ladies First

Broer coached the Dutch Ladies First, a 6-women relay team of Margot Stenveld, Desirée Emmen, Janneke Harmsen-Bakker, Jasmijn Ruijgrok, Gemma Middendorp and Linda Hoogendam who set the two-way all-female English Channel record in 18 hours 22 minutes under the escort of Captain Lance Oram on the Sea Satin.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

The Dutch Ladies First was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year awards. Its World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Swim fast, swim straight. Over and back, flip turn at Cape Gris Nez. Don’t look up, just follow the boat. That is what the Dutch Ladies First set out to do as they traversed the English Channel on their two-way record swim under the guidance of coach Richard Broer. Cognizant of the newly established American ladies record of 18 hours 55 minutes, the sextet under the guidance of Captain Lance Oram on the Sea Satin went for broke. The collective efforts of Margot Stenveld, Desirée Emmen, Janneke Harmsen-Bakker, Jasmijn Ruijgrok, Gemma Middendorp and Linda Hoogendam established a new two-way all-female English Channel record in 18 hours 22 minutes. For their ability to keep up the pace (9:57 on first leg, 8:25 on second leg), for the fastest women’s relay to ever cross the English Channel twice, the two-way swim of Dutch Ladies First is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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