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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pat Gallant-Charette Does It All

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

This particular American 66-year-old from the state of Maine can have it all.

A dedicated nurse, a doting grandmother, a fundraiser, an organizer, a motivator, and an extreme athlete, Pat Gallant-Charette apparently does it all, too.

She is currently en route from Molokai Island to Oahu in her quest to complete the Oceans Seven. Her progress can be seen here on her real-time tracker.

Her career has been lengthy and is a testament to her passion and perseverance:

2008: During her first attempt at an English Channel, strong currents forced her back 1.7 miles from the French coast.
2009: Her second attempt of the English Channel was canceled due to weather conditions.
2010: At the age of 59, she swam the Strait of Gibraltar (3 hours 28 minutes) and became the third fastest woman of all time and the fastest American woman.
2011: She completed a swim across the English Channel on her third attempt in 15 hours 57 minutes at the age of 60. The Channel Swimming Association awarded her its Rosemary George Award for the Most Meritorious Swim of the Year.
2011: She completed the Catalina Channel in 14 hours 11 minutes to become the oldest women to cross the Catalina Channel.
2012: She was nominated for the 2011 and 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
2012: She crossed the Tsugaru Channel in Japan on 13 September 2012 in 19 hours 36 minutes on her second attempt at the age of 61.
2013: She was selected as one the 101 Movers and Shakers in the world of open water swimming.
2013: She attempted to swim the North Channel. After swimming for 16 hours 43 minutes and less than one mile from the finish, the tidal flow changed directions and prevented her from completing her swim.
2014: After swimming for several hours in Cook Strait in New Zealand in January, her swim was stopped due to strong tidal flow.
2016: She crossed the North Channel on her third attempt on 24 August 2016 in 14 hours 22 minutes at the age of 65 years 204 days old, the oldest female to swim across the North Channel.
2016: She was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

For more information on her progress and mindset, visit her website here.

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