2022 was a year of great lake swims, a much-anticipated lido opening and more North Channel crossings than you can waft a lion’s mane jellyfish at. Test your knowledge with the just for fun Outdoor Swimmer Christmas quiz. NO GOOGLING!
Question 1: What did Jasmine Harrison do this year?
a) Swam the full length of Britain
b) Swam around Britain
c) Swam from Wales to Ireland
Question 2: In July, marathon swimmer Sarah Thomas completed the first ever two-way North Channel crossing. How long did it take her?
a) 28 hours, 8 minutes
b) 24 hours, 21 minutes
c) 21 hour 46 minutes
Question 3: Which swim stroke did Editor Ella learn this year?
Question 4: Which British ice swimmer and Vice President of the International Winter Swimming Association joined Editor Ella as co-host at the Outdoor Swimmer Kendal Mountain Festival?
a) Colin Hill
b) Caroline Saxon
c) James Leitch
Question 5: Whose book about swimming with dogs was published this year?
a) Wim Hoff (The Ice Hound)
b) Lynne Cox (Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog)
c) Ross Edgley (The World’s Fittest, Fastest, Swimmiest Dog)
Question 6: Which Paralympic champion has set herself the goal of becoming the first blind person to swim across the English Channel solo and is believed to be the first blind person to swim the length of Windermere this summer?
a) Melanie Barratt
b) Stephen Clegg
c) Becca Meyers
Question 7: In October, UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh became the first person to swim across which sea?
a) Red Sea
b) Black Sea
c) Yellow Sea
Question 8. What was unprecedented about American swimmer Marcy MacDonald’s solo Channel crossing in August?
a) She swim head up breaststroke
b) She has now swum the crossing more times than anyone before
c) She swam from England to Belgium
Question 9: Netflix film, The Swimmers, depicts the harrowing journey that Syrian sisters Yusra and Sara Mardini made as refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. What heroic action did the sisters take during their 18-person crossing between Turkey and Greece?
a) They threw all of their possessions overboard to lighten the load
b) They swam to shore to alert the coastguards
c) They jumped into the sea and towed and pushed their sinking boat to shore
Question 10: In September, Cleveland Pools welcomed swimmers for the first time in 40 years. What is so special about this lido in Bath?
a) Built in 1815, it’s Britain’s oldest lido
b) At 120m long, it’s Britain’s largest lido
c) With a 5m deep end, it’s Britain’s deepest lido
Question 11. How far did Amber Fillary swim underwater on a single breath at Tooting Bec lido in November?
a) 62.9 metres
b) 92.1 metres
c) 104.8 metres
Question 12: What was special about Sally Minty-Gravett’s English Channel crossing this year?
a) She has now swum the Channel in six consecutive decades
b) She is the oldest swimmer to cross the Channel
c) She has now swum the Channel using four different strokes
Question 13: Where was designated the second official river bathing location in the UK, in April?
a) Staverton, Devon (River Dart)
b) Port Meadow, Oxford (River Thames)
c) Bungay, Suffolk (River Waveney)
Question 14: Which well-known swimming brand celebrated its 30th birthday in 2022?
Question 15: Which organisation won the National Lottery Project of the Year Award in 2022?
a) Swimming Teachers Association
b) The Black Swimming Association
c) International Ice Swimming Association
Question 16: Where will the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) host their fifth World Championship event in January 2023?
Question 17: Where does the Outdoor Swimmer Swim Festival take place each year?
a) Windermere, Cumbria
b) Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
c) Grantchester, Cambridge
Question 18: Which 2022 columnist followed in Roger Deakin’s footsteps?
a) Joe Minihane (Floating)
b) Dan Start (Drifting)
c) Kate Rew (Coasting)
Question 19: According to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), what was the most spotted species of jellyfish in UK waters this year?
b) Lion’s mane
Question 20: Which item of swimming kit has been approved by FINA after being banned from last year’s Olympics?
a) High-tech ‘smart’ swimsuits
b) Swimming caps designed for swimmers with afro or curly hair
c) Tow floats
Scroll down (right down) to see the answers! Then tell us how you did on social media @outdoorswimmer. Main photo: Suzy Slemen Photography.
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1. a) Swam the full length of Britain
2. c) 21 hour 46 minutes
3. b) Butterfly
4. a) Colin Hill
5. b) Lynne Cox (Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog)
6. a) Melanie Barrett
7. a) Red Sea
8. c) She swam from England to Belgium
9. c) They jumped into the sea and towed and pushed their sinking boat to shore
10. a) Built in 1815, it’s Britain’s oldest lido
11. c) 104.8 metres
12. a) She has now swum the Channel in six consecutive decades
13. b) Port Meadow, Oxford (River Thames)
14. a) Zoggs
15. b) The Black Swimming Association
16. a) France
17. b) Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
18. a) Joe Minihane (Floating)
19, a) Compass
20. b) Swimming caps designed for swimmers with afro or curly hair