EXTRA,  FEATURES,  February 2024

The unintentional campaigner

“It feels like a constant fight but when it is for something you truly love and believe in, it is the most rewarding thing in the world!” Sophie Etheridge shares how campaigning for inclusivity in the open water swimming world has changed her life for the better.

In 2020 I planned to swim a two-way Windermere to fundraise for Arctic One, a disability sport charity. The swim was postponed due to the pandemic and in the resulting spare time I created the Adaptive and Disabled Open Water Swimmers (ADOWS) Facebook group.

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