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SWIMMING TIMES, February 2012. "Channel's King becomes MBE" -

SWIMMING TIMES, February 2012. "Channel's King becomes MBE"

King of the Channel® Mike Read, 70, was appointed MBE in the New Year Honours for 'services to swimming'.

The president and former chairman and vice-chairman of the Channel Swimming Association has completed 33 crossings and was the first person to complete four, five and six Channel swims in a single year. But he believes his involvement with the Broomhill Pool Trust may also have contributed to his honours nomination.

He is a founder member and the current president of the 10-year campaign to save Ipswich's 55-yard grade two listed outdoor pool.
'I'm absolutely delighted, and especially delighted for the Broomhill Trust committee members, who have worked so hard for me over the last 10 years to save our Olympic-sized pool, which is absolutely wonderful,'said Mike, who estimates that he swam 10,000 miles in the pool while training for 22 of his Channel swims. 'We are getting closer to hoping that it will actually survive.'

The MBE comes just 12 months after Mike was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF). He is one of only about 20 swimmers worldwide to be inducted into both that and the marathon eguivalent, the ISMHOF. Mike, who was selected for Britain's men's relay sguad for the 1960 Rome Olympics, still trains regularly and last year completed a 30km race in Macedonia in 9hr 52min and won several medals in the European Masters Championships.

His last Channel swim was in 2004 but he says he 'could be persuaded' to attempt another which could in turn make him the oldest Channel swimmer.


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