Steve Redmond made swimming history recently when he became the first person in the world to complete the seven channel world swim. The 47 year old father of two had been training for over a year to complete the swim and las month he saw his hard work pay off completing his seventh and final crossing, the Tsugaru Strait off Japan in 14 hours and 24 minutes.
Steve is the son of Margaret Redmond (Feely)) a native of St Patrick’s Park, Carrick-on-Shannon who now lives in Carlow. Steve himself, hails from Ballydehob in west Cork, but he maintained a strong Co Leitrim team of supporters courtesy of his local connections who were only too delighted to cheer him on.
He defied exhaustion, jellyfish, treacherous currents and shark infested waters to complete the seven channel world swim and he also beat off competition from a number of other swimmers who were also vying for the title.
Completing his world first, Steve successfully swam across seven of the world’s most daunting stretches of open water – the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland, the English Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Cook Straits in New Zealand, the Catalina Channel (off Los Angeles), the Molokai Channel (Hawaii) and the Tsugaru Channel (Japan).
He was given a hero’s welcome on his return to Co Cork following his Japanese swim and he is now taking a well earned break for a while to spend time with his family.