English Channel relay

Swimmers wanted for an English Channel relay with Paralympic champion Alice Tai

Paralympian Alice Tai and Optimum Nutrition seek five swimmers of varying experience for an English Channel swim relay in September

Para-swimming gold medallist Alice Tai MBE is partnering with Optimum Nutrition to launch The Channel More Project – a swimming relay across the English Channel. And they’re looking for five swimmers to take part!

Alice Tai won Commonwealth Gold in 2022 only six months after having her right leg amputated below the knee. In partnership with Optimum Nutrition, Alice is seeking five people with varying degrees of swimming experience to take on the challenge.

Expert training

Trained by sports scientist and swim expert Professor Greg Whyte and fuelled by Optimum Nutrition, the successful applicants will undergo a five-month transformation to become accomplished open-water swimmers ready to take on the English Channel.

The 21-mile relay swim is scheduled to take place between 20 and 28 September (weather permitting).

Alice Tai is excited to be taking part: “I’m thrilled to be working with Optimum Nutrition on the Channel More project, uniting people from all walks of life to take on this incredible challenge,” she said.

Unlocking potential

“As someone who firmly believes in pushing oneself beyond perceived limits, I am convinced that anything is achievable with the right mindset, coaching and nutrition. Fuelled and inspired by my team at Optimum Nutrition I have overcome personal obstacles to achieve success in the world of Paralympic swimming and I can’t wait to inspire and motivate our team to discover their full potential and unlock more in themselves too.”

Applications for the project close on 30 April. Interested participants are required to submit a 90-second video, explaining why they want to be part of the experience.

For more information about the Channel More Project and how to apply, visit optimumnutrition.com/en-gb/channelmore

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Abi writes swimming news stories and features for the Outdoor Swimmer website and manages the social media channels. She loves to swim, run, hike and SUP close to her home in Herefordshire. While she’s a keen wild swimmer, Abi is new to the world of open water events and recently completed her first open water mile. She has previously written for The Guardian, BBC Countryfile Magazine, BBC History Magazine and Ernest Journal.