Blue70 Racing

Debbie Collingwood

North Vancouver, Canada | (it's new - i'm working on it!)

Primary Discipline(s) Open Water Swimming
Bucket List RaceCatalina Channel
Post-Race DrinkCoffee
Off-Day ActivityHiking

I have been a swimmer all my life. I started "really" open water swimming about 15 years ago. In 2022 I achieved my dream of becoming and English Channel Swimmer (14:21) and I swam around Manhattan one month later (8:50). I have raced internationally: SCAR (4-day, 67 km stage race, Turkey (Dardanelles, 4th in AG), St Croix, Sweden (World Masters), St Kitts). I was meant to swim the English Channel in 2020, but had to postpone until 2022. But I kept training hard completed a 33 km swim around Bowen Island near Vancouver (ratification with Marathon Swimmers Federation pending). I have recently discovered just how much people have enjoyed following my swimming stories and now know just how important positive stories are on social media. When I'm not swimming I'm a Middle School teacher. I love the outdoors and regularly hike, run, ski (both XC and telemark).