Colin Hill

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Colin Hill is an Honour Contributor (Administrator) in the Class of 2017 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Mike Lewis, Colin Hill, and Will Rollo at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, calling the action at the open water swimming venue
Big Chill Swim organized by Colin Hill and Steph Cox in Windermere, England
Colin Hill, a nominee for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year category
Colin Hill is a British ice swimmer and channel swimmer who was a nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year swimming in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London
Colin Hill, nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Colin Hill with Olympic 10km Marathon Swim staff at the 2012 London Olympic Games
Colin Hill with silver medalist Thomas Lurz and coach/brother Stefan Lurz at the 2012 London Olympic Games
Colin Hill in the Serpentine
Big Chill Swim organized by Colin Hill in Windermere, England
Colin Hill with Anne Stafford, Helen Brindle, Ursula Richards-Cairns at The Quays promoting the Big Chill Swim Salford

Colin Hill is a 49-year-old British ice swimmer and channel swimmer from Howtown, Penrith, England.



Hill has set up Chillswim and organized the Big Chill Swim in Windermere in the Lake District of England on 2 February 2013 where extreme swimmers can take part in the 30m breaststroke event, 60m freestyle event, 4 x 30m team relay and 450m endurance swim. He also completed an ice swim in Windermere on 6 February 2013 and organized the Chillswim Coniston - 5.25 miles End to End, the Big Chill Swim Salford on 7 December 2013 in The Quays, the Chillswim Boxing Day Dip on Boxing Day in Windermere, and the historic Windermere Cross Lake Swim in Windermere, England.

Awards and Honors

Swimming Highlights

World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominations

Hill was nominated for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year awards by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nomination

Colin Hill is always around the shoreline, serving as either as a swimmer, television commentator, FINA representative, event organizer or ambassador. He runs events like the Big Chill Swim in Windermere to the Chillswim Coniston - 5.25 miles End to End. He quickly established a new era with the Great Swim Series and the 2012 London Olympics 10K. His sweeping influence over the sport has helped usher in the mass participation events sanctioned by FINA as well as providing boat support for hundreds of swimmers to swim across Windermere. He has the ear of the most influential powerbrokers in aquatics and is looked upon with respect from the hundreds of thousands of newbies that have participated in events established by the 46-year-old dynamo. For his globetrotting activities to promote safety and mass participation in open water swimming, for his flawless execution of local and international competitions in Windermere and beyond, for his boundless joy in swimming in The Ice, across channels and lakes, and in the tropics, Colin Hill is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nomination

"When so many things could go wrong at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, everything went absolutely right in London. Colin Hill orchestrated the greatest open water swimming extravaganza in history. The ultimate organiser showcased the sport in a way that will be difficult to top. The weather was perfect. The races were compelling. The timing system and equipment was customized and color-coordinated. The venue was packed, the course was compact, the buoys were beautiful, and the ambiance could not have been better. The global TV and online audience were treated to outstanding aerial footage in a real-time broadcast. The officiating was spot-on and there were no controversies or interruptions. From the world’s greatest open water series to the world’s greatest open water swimming event, the British visionary has raised the bar so high in the sport that others may take decades to catch up. For his sense of showmanship, for his precise execution of Olympic plans, for his delivery of an exemplary product on the world’s most visible stage, Colin Hill is a worthy nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year."

2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nomination

"Colin Hill is everywhere in the open water. Ubiquitous as a talented swimmer, visionary race director, eloquent spokesman and tireless ambassador, the former manager of the 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim and the Great Swims series is as comfortable doing ice swimming and channel swimming as he is encouraging neoprene-clad triathletes and newcomers to challenge themselves beyond the shoreline. From point-to-point lake swimming events to ice swimming competitions throughout the Lake District, Hill shares his passion for the sport of open water swimming equally well in the water and on the airways. His expertise is enthusiastically sought after by the British media, his knowledge is highly valued by FINA, his solo swims in icy tarns are visually impactful and inspirational efforts of raw toughness. For being one of the leading personalities in the sport, for planning and executing a number of open water competitions with his Chillswims event management company including Chillswim Coniston and the Big Chill Swim, for making realities out of adventurous concepts, Colin Hill is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year."

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2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees

1. Adam Walker (Great Britain), Oceans Seven Swimmer
2. Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion
3. Colin Hill (Great Britain), Race Director & Open Water Ambassador
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion
5. Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ice Swimmer & Cold Water Ambassador
6. Joanes Hedel (France), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Champion
7. Joseph Locke (U.S.A.), Farallons Freestyler
8. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain), Ocean Advocate
9. Otto Thaning, M.D. (South Africa), Oldest English Channel Swimmer
10. Phil White (U.S.A.), Outstanding Organizer
11. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion
12. Xavier Desharnais (Canada), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion

In The English Channel

Colin Hill Talks About Safety And The Allure Of Wild Swimming

UK comedy show Harry Hill


Extreme Swimming In Red Tarn

Bering Strait Swim

Hill will also be a member of the Bering Strait Swim, a 53-mile (86 km) relay swim attempt from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA among a team of experienced extreme swimmers.

1. Yuri Tsiganchuk, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
2. Yuri Myagkikh, Russia
3. Vladimir Chegorin, Russia
4. Maria Chizhova, Novosibirsk, Russia
5. Elena Guseva, Russia
6. Kieron Palframan, Cape Town, South Africa
7. Ram Barkai, Cape Town, South Africa
8. Jack Bright, UK
9. Vladimir Litvinov, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
10. Oksana Veklich, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
11. Aleksandr Jakovlev, Jelgava, Latvia
12. Matías Ola, Buenos Aires /Tucuman Argentina
13. Henri Kaarma, Tallinn, Estonia
14. Toomas Haggi, Tallinn, Estonia
15. Nuala Moore, Ireland
16. Anne Marie Ward, Donegal, Ireland
17. Claudia Rose, San Diego, USA
18. Toks Viviers, Cape Town, South Africa
19. Melissa O’Reilly (‘Mo’), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
20. Ryan Stramrood, Cape Town, South Africa
21. Colin Hill, Ambleside, UK
22. Cristian Vergara, Santiago, Chile
23. Lelané Rossouw-Bancroft, Newark, Delaware, USA
24. Rafał Ziobro, Krakow, Poland
25. Andrew Chin, Cape Town, South Africa
26. Jackie Cobell, Tunbridge Wells, UK
27. Paul Duffield, West Kelowna, BC, Canada


World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2015 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History

He was named as one of the Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015:

1. Zacharias Alexandrakis (Macedonia): Marathon swimming enthusiast, open water swimming promoter, lifeguard, swimming coach and lifesaving leader.
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (Mexico): Triathlete, ultra-endurance athlete, channel swimmer and author
3. Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. (Greece): Researcher, swimmer, author, speaker, and lecturer
4. Peter Bales (South Africa): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, governing body administrator and escort pilot
5. Vito Bialla (U.S.A.): Extreme relay swimmer, professional sailor, and escort pilot of the Farallon Islands, California
6. Paul Blackbeard (South Africa): World-class pool swimmer, ocean swimmer, and life saver
7. Lord Byron (Great Britain): Poet, author and pioneering sea swimmer
8. Dick Campion (Australia): Olympian, coach, trainer, author, promoter, and professional marathon swimmer
9. Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti (Peru): Four-time Olympian, Channel swimmer, professional racer, and solo swimmer
10. Bruckner Chase (U.S.A.): marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador to the disabled, filmmaker, paddler and surf lifesaver
11. Buster Crabbe (U.S.A.): Olympic champion, ice swimmer, promoter, and movie star of 3 pulp fiction heroes
12. Guy Delage (France): Ocean swimmer, extreme adventurer, diver, submariner, and sailor
13. Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic): Marathon racer, extreme swimmer, surfer, governing body administrator, and event director
14. Shannon Eckstein (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
15. Ian Emberson (Kauai, U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, original Ironman triathlete, ocean swimmer, event director, and triathlete
16. George Freeth (Hawai, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, surfer, paddler, and lifesaver organizer
17. Alfréd Hajós (Hungary): Olympic champion, professional racer, and architect
18. Trevor Hendy (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
19. Colin Hill (Great Britain): Ice swimmer, Channel swimmer, television commentator, and event director
20. Craig Hummer (U.S.A.): Competitive swimmer, kayaker, paddler, Ironman lifesaver, and Olympic television commentator
21. Ky Hurst (Australia): Ocean swimmer, two-time Olympian, body surfer extraordinaire, and champion life saver
22. Zhang Jian (China): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer and university sports director
23. Captain Tim Johnson (U.S.A.): Marathon swimmer, author, professor, shark cage designer, analyst, and historian
24. Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii): Ocean swimmer, Olympic champion, surfing legend and ambassador of aloha
25. Grant Kenny (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
26. Guy Leech (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
27. Luiz Eduardo Carneiro da Silva de Souza Lima (Brazil): Two-time Olympian, stand-up paddler, ocean swimming coach, pioneering ocean swimmer and promoter
28. Pádraig Mallon (Ireland): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer, event organizer, promoter and triathlete
29. Vojislav Mijić (Serbia): Marathon swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer and event organizer
30. Masayuki Moriya (Japan): Coach, channel swimmer, event organizer, clinician, and governing body administrator
31. Keo Nakama (Hawaii/U.S.A.): World champion, world record holder, pioneering ocean swimmer, event organizer and coach
32. Aaron Peirsol (U.S.A.): 7-time Olympic medalist, surfer, lifeguard, coach, and body surfer extraordinaire
33. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador, author, and speaker
34. Kevin Richards (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, triathlete, surf lifesaver, and coach
35. Philip Rush (New Zealand): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, professional racer, escort pilot, channel administrator, and fire fighter
36. Wayne Riddin (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, race director, aquapreneur, coach and promoter
37. Veljko Rogošić (Croatia): Two-time Olympic swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, swimming ambassador and marathon swimmer
38. Kenny Rust (Hawaii, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, lifeguard, aquapreneur, and event safety official
39. Ori Sela (Israel): Sea swimmer, coach, therapist, pioneer relay swimmer and aquapreneur
40. Borut Strel (Slovenia): Coach, swimmer, clinician, planner and logistic expert
41. Martin Strel (Slovenia): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, extreme adventurer, film protagonist, and camp clinician
42. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos, M.D., Ph.D. (Greece): Research scientist, physician, expedition medic and Channel swimmer
43. Christof Wandratsch (Germany): Channel swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, ice swimming record holder and event promoter
44. Captain Matthew Webb (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, extreme adventurer, and professional racer
45. Johnny Weissmuller (U.S.A.): 4-time Olympic champion and movie star with a household name
46. Alick Wickham (Solomon Islands): Ocean swimmer, high diver, body surfing promoter, surfboard shaper, and freestyle ambassador
47. Patrick Winkler (Brazil): Competitive swimmer, ocean swimmer, stand-up paddler, race promoter and publisher of The Swim Channel Magazine
48. Jabez Wolffe (Great Britain): Channel aspirant and coach in the early generations of channel swimming
49. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong/U.S.A.): Marine environment ambassador, ecology advocate, aquapreneur, ocean event director, paddler, diver, and ocean swimmer
50. David Yudovin (U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, aquapreneur, benefactor and mariner

New World Cross Harbour Race

by Colin Hill

FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong

by Colin Hill

Swimming with Shivers

Hill wrote the foreword and a story for Swimming With Shivers, a book co-authored by Claire Bunker-Fellingham and Gary Standen about true stories from, by and about open water swimmers doing cold water swimming, winter swimming, and ice swimming. The stories in Swimming with Shivers are from, by and about Carl Atkinson, Deborah Banks, Ram Barkai, Jo Barkwith, Andy Bennett, Katie Blair, Sylvia Bland, Gideon Bright, Claire Bunker-Fellingham, Judith Charman, Sze-Ming Cheung, Chillswim, Tracy Clark, David Coleman, Phil Coombe, Talbott Crowell, Ned Denison, Nick Dorey, Dryrobe, Ros Edmonds, Rory Fitzgerald, Daniel Gilmore, Will Glendinning, Gone Swimming, Rebecca Goodson, Julie Gregory, Shaun Hales, Happy Cold Swimming, Louise Hazelton, Elaine Howley, International Ice Swimming Association, Roni Jelgavas, Mark Johansen, Jody Jones, Ele Jump, Ger Kennedy, Ivan Lewis, Julie Lloyd, Jules McRobbie, Sally Minty-Gravett MBE, Jaimie Monahan, Steven Munatones, Diane Murphy Weaver, Jim Nyberg, Barry O'Connor, Outdoor Swimmer, Simon Parkin, Lisa Peake, Kevin Proctor, Jane Saycet, Val Smith, Fergal Somerville, Jodi Songhurst, Gary Standen, Lucy Stansfield, Kate Steels-Fryatt, Swimming With Smiles Book, Tidal Wave Fitness, Jonty Warneken, Karen Weir, Haydn Welch, Samantha Whelpton, Emily Whittaker, and Nicola Wood.

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