Sue Guesdon

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Sue Guesdon is a member of the Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Sue Guesdon

Sue (Susanne) Guesdon is an Australian open water swimmer, race director, event organizer, coach, handler, Australian team official, lecturer, judge, health & fitness advisor, and licensed boat driver who possesses a global focus for the sport since 1966. She was a participant in and holds certificates for the FINA Open Water Officials & Olympic Solidarity course for Open Water Swimming. She is professionally trained as a nurse and envisioned the Marathon Swimming Mentor program.


Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

  • She and her husband Christopher Guesdon launched a new Triple Crown of Australia in 2020.
  • She has participated in marathon swimming events and clinics in Australia, Italy, France, Fiji, Indonesia, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, UK, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands.
  • She served as the Secretary of Australian Long Distance Swimming Federation from 1975 to 1979.
  • She served as the editor and writer of the Australian open water newsletter from 1975 to 2000.
  • She served as an official of the 40 km Port Philip Bay Big Swim in 1968.
  • She served as a coach handler for English Channel swimmers in 1970, 1975 and 1976.
  • She served as an official and organiser of the Port Moresby Daugo Island Ela Beach Race Papua New Guinea in 1971.
  • She served as a coach handler for the 44 km Relay Derwent River Marathon in 1974.
  • She served as an escort handler of the Hong Kong Repulse Bay Marathon in October 1976.
  • She served as a coach escort at the 1977 English Channel Arab Nations Race.
  • She served as a coach handler of the 44 km Derwent River Marathon in 1975 and 1976.
  • She served as a coach handler of the Australian national team that won the silver medal at the International Long Distance Swimming Federation Maratona del Golfo Capri Napoli World Championship in 1975.
  • She served as a coach handler of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Lac Chibougamau race in Quebec, Canada in 1976.
  • She served as a coach handler of the International Marathon Swimming Federation La Tuque Canada Marathon race during the 1970s.
  • She served as an organiser/director of the ALDSF Kingston to Hobart 1984 Australian Marathon Swimming Championships.
  • She served as a race official of the First Australian Masters Games open water swimming race in 1986.
  • She served as a coach handler at the 1991 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships.
  • She served as the Australian open water swimming travelling team health & fitness advisor in a volunteer capacity at the 1994 FINA World Championships in Italy.
  • She served as the Australian open water swimming team health fitness & logistics management in a volunteer at the 1996 FINA World Cup in Evian, Switzerland.
  • She served as an official/boat judge at the 1999 FINA Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 25 km race in Victoria.
  • She served as an official in the 2004 South Pacific Games Open Water Swimming Championships held in Fiji.
  • She served as an official Clerk of Course & Judge at the 2001 Fiji Open Water Swimming Championships.
  • She participated in the FINA Technical Officials Course held in Suva, Fiji in 2001 and 2004.
  • She served as an official Clerk of Course and time-keeper in the 2006 Arafura Games Open Water Swimming Championships.
  • She participated in the FINA Open Water Swimming Certificate - Technical Officials Clinic held in the Cook Islands in 2006.
  • She participated in the FINA Olympic Solidarity Officials Course Certificate held in Suva, Fiji in 2006.
  • She served as an official and Clerk of Course at the 2008 Asian Beach Games Open Water Swimming event held in Bali, Indonesia.
  • She served as an lecturer and trainer in the Open Water Swimming Development Clinic held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008.
  • She served as an Clerk of Course and Official in the 2009 South East Asian Games Open Water Swimming event.
  • She served as an official and Safety Director in the Derwent River Big Swim Marathon in 1965, 1966, 1966, and 2015.
  • She served as an member of the drafting team that drew up the original model for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.
  • She served as an event organizer, administrator and official of open water swimming and marathon swimming events in Tasmania from the 1960s.


  • Her versatility in the sport knows no bounds. As well as event organising, Guesdaon has welcomed bands of swimmers with meals and hosted them in bedrooms and even on mattresses on the lounge room floor. She has piloted escort boats, has been trainer handler to many swimmers including FINA World Championships silver medallist Jenny Anderson’s success in 1965. She has managed logistics, transported emergency supplies of national team equipment across the globe, applied grease to countless swimmers in many swims both international competitors and solo swims across almost 50 years. She has typed and edited a myriad of articles and newsletters for events and organisations that reported and promoted marathon swimming, has counselled swimmers on health and nutrition, attended open water swimming clinics as lecturer and supported the development of organisations in Australia, PNG, Cook Islands & Indonesia.
  • Guesdon is a volunteer in the true sense of the word. Over all these years, she paid her own fares around the world, never had a sponsor, and never charged a fee.
  • Guesdon has been involved in open water swimming competition as a senior administrator and event organiser since 1966. She was recruited in the 1960s to support the band of Australian marathon swimming enthusiasts headed by her then boyfriend Chris Guesdon. Sue came across to swimming from tennis where she was a competitive player. She was also a power speedboat race competitor whilst still in her teens when she had always sailed and paddled some form of water craft. It was natural Sue quickly learned to love the marathon of swimming as a sport.
  • Guesday celebrates 50+ plus years of constructive service to marathon swimming. She is a leader and an exemplar, setting the path for those who follow. Sue has worked as part of special teams that have established national and international organisations to further the status of marathon swimming. They include the Australian Marathon Swimming Federation established in 1964 of which she was the founding Honorary Secretary. She has officiated and lectured in international continental open water events in Oceania, Europe and Asia.
  • In event competition, Guesdon has been a successful trainer/handler to swimmers in numerous events both in Australia and various parts of the world. These include but are not restricted to the English Channel, which included the 1966 ‘Arab Nations Channel Race’, Capri Napoli (the ILDSF World Championship), the Marathon La Tuque Canada, Chibougamau Canada and the Derwent River Marathon in Tasmania Australia.
  • Guesdon was a member of the Australian training and administration team as a volunteer for the successful Australian world championships teams in 1994, the 1996 the World Cup Championships and World Team 91 km event held from Malta to Sicily. Her ability in so many aspects of the sport gives her an understanding of the athletes and officials and was paramount in her success as a technical official lecturer and teacher and was a driving force toward the positioning and development of marathon swimming in the world.
  • Guesdon was part of the team that drew up the charts and plans which ultimately led to the original model that now has Marathon Swimming included in the Olympic Games.
  • Guesdon is officially qualified holding FINA certificates for open water swimming administration and the FINA Olympic Solidarity course.

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