Kathy Batts

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Caroline Connor crossed the English Channel in 16 hours 18 minutes on 21 July 2021 together with the escort boat pilot Eddie Spelling and coaches Kevin Murphy and Kathy Batts
The King's Swimmers Swim Camps in Menorca, Spain offers channel swimming coaching by Kevin Murphy, Kathy Batts, and Ian Muir
Kathy Batts is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Katherine Batts in mid-channel during her English Channel crossing on 6-7 August 2013 at the age of 53

Katherine Batts (born 4 September 1960) is a British channel swimmer and channel swimming coach as well as a teacher of pool lifeguards and first aid.

Open Water Swimming Career

The Loveleys

Batts was a member of The Loveleys, a group of women who took 17 hours 50 minutes 50 seconds to swim 56 miles around the Isle of Wight in a island circumnavigation swim. Liane Llewellyn (a 2-way English Channel swimmer), Paula Foreman (2-way English Channel swimmer), Lucy Donnelly, Rachael Cretten and Becky Hedges were the other members.

The Loveleys. Why?

Batts is the Oldest Team member who has swum in English Channel relays since the age of 15 and managed them in every decade of her life including one two-way crossing and hundreds of individual solo swims of the seas and lakes throughout the UK. After having coffee with Kevin Murphy, she really wanted to do another first and they came up with three possible swims including the Isle of Wight. She ran the idea past Foreman and they decided to pursue this further.

English Channel video

2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees

Batts was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Katherine Batts (Great Britain)
2. Dr. Caroline Block (USA)
3. Arianna Bridi (Italy)
4. Chloë McCardel (Australia)
5. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
6. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
7. Ludmila Maller (Russia)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Aurélie Muller (France)
10. Barbara Pozzobón (Italy)
11. Sarah Thomas (USA)
12. Julia Wittig (Germany)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination

Katherine Batts has long supported channel swimmers as a fellow relay member, an administrator with the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation, and a coach with The King's Swimmers. With her 18th career English Channel relay completed in 2017 (on the oldest Ladies team), decades of service to help others achieve their channel swimming dreams (first with the Channel Swimming Association and now with the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation), completed a swim across Lake Tahoe on the latest crossing in history, and as a coach mentoring others on the physical, mental and logistical side of the channel equation, Batts declined numerous invitations since the 1970’s to attempt a solo Channel swim. With her children grown and out of the house, the lifesaving professional was finally able to focus on herself and achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2017. For her four decades of selfless service to benefit and help other swimmers, for her kind, patient demeanor to support others in their dreams, and for her late-season Lake Tahoe crossing and Catalina Channel crossing that enabled her to become a Triple Crowner, Katherine Batts is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

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