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Pat Gallant-Charette

 

 At age 47, Pat started her open water swimming career in memory of her 34 year old brother and Maine champion swimmer, Robbie Gallant, who died of an unexpected heart attack.  Pat planned to swim in The Peaks to Portland 2.4 mile ocean swim in his honor.  Robbie had been a two time winner of that race.  Her intent was to only do the race on time but soon discovered her passion for the sport of open water swimming.  By the age of 50, she noticed that her endurance had improved and that she could swim great distances.

-Peaks to Portland Challenge, she has completed 13 crossings in 14 years.

-2007 swam in the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (1.2 miles, Maryland)

-2007 swam in the Alcatraz Invitational (1.2 miles, California)

-2008 swam the English Channel (21 miles, England to France)At age 57, strong currents forced her back just 1.7  miles from the French coast.

-2010 swam the Straits of Gibraltar (9 miles, Spain to Africa) At age 59, her time of 3 hours and 28      minutes placed her 3rd fastest women’s time since 1928.  This swim set the American time record for    women.

-2011 Founder of “Swim For Your Heart”…..February 14th, yearly global event to raise awareness of heart     disease and prevention.

-2011 swam the English Channel, age 60 in 15 hours and 57 minutes setting the American record for  the oldest successful crossing.  The “English Channel Swimming Association” awarded her the “Rosemary George” Award for the most meritorious swim of the year.

-2011 swam the Catalina Channel (21 miles, Catalina Island to the coast of California)  14 hours and 11 minutes.  She sets the world record for oldest completion of the swim.

-2012 The “Movers and Shakers In The World Of Open Water Swim Committee” select Pat as one of 101 women worldwide in the open water community, known as open water ambassadors, spreading their enthusiasm and passion for the sport.

-2012 began attempting  the Ocean Seven Challenge: at age 61, Pat is pursuing the seven most challenging “swims” in the world: The English Channel (England to France, 21 miles), Tsugaru Strait (Japan, 12.1 miles), Cook Strait (New Zealand, 14 miles), North Channel (Ireland to Scotland, 22 miles) and Molokai Strait (Hawaii, 9.3 miles)

-As of October 2012, Pat was ranked tied for 7th in the world.