Rosalinda Hardiman

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Ros Hardiman is an inductee (Honor Swimmer) in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2024

Ros Hardiman (born 24 May 1952) is a British open water swimmer and channel swimmer with a physical disability. She was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in the Class of 2024. Ros is a museum curator, who caught polio at the age of 6.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • She crossed the length of Windermere, successfully swimming in both directions.
  • She received the Frank Richards Endurance Award for her unsuccessful CS&PF endurance English Channel crossing attempt in 2008 where she attempted to swim from England to France, but after 25 hours 14 minutes in the water she was taken from the water exhausted 700 meters from France.
  • On 26-27 September 2009, she completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 20 hours 17 minutes with Lance Oram as her escort pilot under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation.
  • She received the Ray Scott Awardfor the oldest successful swimmer of the year from CS&PF English Channel in 2009.
  • She received the Peter Adams Awardfor the most successful endurance swim of the year from CS&PF English Channel in 2009.
  • She participated in 2 Paralympic Games and broke 8 Paralympic world records in the S7 and SB6 categories.
  • She competed in the IPC Swimming World Championships in Malta in 1994, the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games in Australia, the IPC Swimming World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1998, and the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games in the USA.
  • She crossed Loch Ness in Scotland from south to north in 20 hours 10 minutes in 2019 as the oldest British women to swim it at the age of 67, as the first disabled swimmer.

Other Highlights

  • She received the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports personality Award in the ‘Disabled Ladies’ category in 1991.
  • She received the BBC South Sports Award: Disabled Sportswoman of the Year in 2001.

Roz Hardiman on WOWSA Live


Roz Hardiman on the 8 May 2020 edition of WOWSA Live with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison.

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