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Edward Williams

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Edward Williams of Elite Swimming Academy
Edward Williams of Elite Swimming Academy
The Overlord 70 English Channel relay that includes John Kulewicz, Bryan Avery, John Boyd, Joe Hall, James Penrose, Edward Williams, and Don McNeil (alternate)

Edward Williams is a marathon swimmer and public speaker based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He is the Director and founder of Elite Swimming Academy Ltd, a winner of Young Person of the Year 2011, and has completed three Oceans Seven channels to date (English Channel, North Channel and Strait of Gibraltar) as he works towards completing the Oceans Seven.

Elite Swimming Academy[edit]

Edward's company Elite Swimming Academy Ltd was founded in 2007 and has taught over 5,000 students how to swim.

Open Water Swimming Career[edit]

  • Williams swam across the English Channel on 22 August 2006 in 14 hours and raised £60,000 for Prostate Cancer Research at the age of 19.
  • Williams works as a swimming teacher and coaches other aspiring English Channel swimmers.
  • Williams completed a crossing of the North Channel on 25 August 2016 from Scotland to Northern Ireland in 10 hours 58 minutes at the age of 29 after failing in his first attempt in 2014.
  • Williams completed a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar on 26 May 2015 in 3 hours 51 minutes.
  • Williams completed a crossing of Lake Windermere on 14 August 2009 in 8 hours 11 minutes and raised over £2700 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. He was accompanied by Duncan Boltt.
  • Williams was a member of the Overlord 70 relay team that crossed the English Channel in a little over 12 hours on 8 June 2014 to commemorate D-Day and to replicate the composition of the Allied Expeditionary Force of 1944. In addition to Williams, its members included John Kulewicz, the team leader and an American lawyer from Columbus, Ohio, Bryan Avery, British information technology consultant, John Boyd, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel now working for NATO, Joe Hall, a U.S. Air Force Colonel and B2 Stealth Bomber pilot, James Penrose, an American lawyer living in London, and Don McNeil as its alternate, a Canadian-born physician who practices in Columbus, Ohio
  • In September 2014, Williams attempted the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland, but was pulled out due to extreme jellyfish reactions after 18 miles.

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