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I've uploaded as many photos as I could to the left here. You can see the rest of them at www.thechannelswimmers.com. Click on Photos, then Channel 2009, then my name for a chronological, photographical summary of the day!

You can also read coverage of my swim in the Dallas Morning News at http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-bigswim_26met.State.Bulldog.16f4791.html. In addition, here's a link to a press release on my alma mater's website: http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2009/07/16-002.php.

In addition, I've uploaded several short videos of the swim to Youtube. You can access them on my channel at www.youtube.com/user/sophiesswim.

Hope you enjoy, and thanks SO MUCH for all your support!!!!

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Hi, friends,

I swam the English Channel on 14 July, 2009, in 14hrs, 33min. It was a really tough swim for much of it, but that made the feeling of stepping onto French soil so much more rewarding! Thank you so much for all your words of encouragement and your support for the IRC-UK!

I'll post more photos here when I have a chance, as well as my swim log. And thanks again!

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I'm going to be swimming the English Channel in July of this summer, and I wanted to use this opportunity to draw attention to a great cause and a good organization. The International Rescue Committee advocates on behalf of and works towards the welfare of millions of refugees worldwide. I volunteered for a while as a family mentor with them, helping a resettled Congolese refugee family get adjusted to life in the US. A year and hundreds of kilometers of training under my belt, and I'm excited that all my effort can go to help those in true need.

The English Channel is often called the Everest of open water swimming. It's about twenty miles from Dover to Cap Gris Nez, but the Channel's powerful currents often make the distance marathon length or longer. In addition, swimmers must face cold temperatures of between 60 and 65 degrees F (16-17 C), as well as the world's busiest shipping lanes and highly variable and often challenging weather.

If you live in the UK and you'd like to see me off or welcome me home, please email me to let me know, and I'll get you directions in Dover. If you're not able to make it, but you'd like to follow my progress, let me know and I'll make sure you're updated during the course of my big day!

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International Rescue Committee UK

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The IRC works in more than 40 countries. With programmes in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean, we work in refugee camps, disaster areas and countries that host refugees. We also work with communities recovering from war or experiencing prolonged crisis or conflict.

Donations 46

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Well done Sophie! Hope the rest of your life is going swimmingly too!

Donation by Benedict Voit on 15/08/09

£100.00

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Fantastic swim & a fantastic cause - well done!

Donation by Alison on 15/08/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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from one channel swimmer to another channel swimmer. Congrats on your swim and all the best.

Donation by Thomas W. Kofler on 12/08/09

£100.00

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I honestly had to read this twice...you did WHAT???? I am thoroughly impressed. Congratulations!

Donation by Mareike on 04/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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That was officially the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen anyone do. Also the most awesome.

Donation by Nick Spearing on 26/07/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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What an amazing achievement Sophie - well done (we're Nick's mum and dad) x

Donation by Kay Spearing on 25/07/09

£100.00

+ £28.21 Gift Aid

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Way to go Sophie!! We are so proud of you! Look forward to seeing you state side.

Donation by Bill and Jakie Dudley on 22/07/09

£15.00

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it was great to see you powering through the water and onto French soil. Fantastic job love Andrew and Alice

Donation by Andrew Deeley on 20/07/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/07/09

£50.00

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We want to grow up to be just like you! Bitty, Madi and Sadie.

Donation by Mike Cano on 17/07/09

£50.00

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Blessings to you in this opportunity to give aid to others who do not have their needs met unless we can do a part. In Christ's Love!!!

Donation by Eugene and Rachel Venechanos on 17/07/09

£15.00

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You are an inspiration to us all!

Donation by Marie Chevrier on 16/07/09

£25.00

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congratulations sophie! please continue being awesome.

Donation by Zac Cox on 16/07/09

£20.00

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Congratulations, Sophie! Another impressive accomplishment--and for a good cause.

Donation by Michael Wilson on 16/07/09

£20.00

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Well done. A great challenge and a great achievement

Donation by Stephen Edwards on 16/07/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Sophie, this is a wonderful cause and a terrific personal accomplishment as well. Congratulations and good luck in all of your future endeavors!

Donation by Theresa M. Towner on 15/07/09

£25.00

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Congratulations, Sophie! We love you.

Donation by Molly Seeligson on 15/07/09

£10.00

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Congratulations!!!

Donation by Chelsea Purvis on 15/07/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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Congratulations! Yet another reason to respect and admire you. Be well.

Donation by Reena Schellenberg on 15/07/09

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Way to go, Sophie! The outcome was never in doubt. I remain enormously proud of you and your accomplishments.

Donation by Charlie Leonard on 15/07/09

£25.00

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you're amazing!!

Donation by Alice Sverdlik on 15/07/09

£10.00

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Amazing job!

Donation by Hye Jin Zumkehr on 15/07/09

£10.00

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Inspirational! yea yea yea

Donation by Hessom Razavi on 15/07/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Great Job, Sophie!

Donation by Kyle Gracey on 15/07/09

£5.00

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Congratulations Sophie, you are my first set of teeth to swim the channel. Love David

Donation by David Grinsfelder on 15/07/09

£25.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,405.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,405.00
  • Gift Aid£91.67

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