IISA Member Bio

Kate Steels-Fryatt
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Kate Steels-Fryatt
England
Southampton
England
Great Britain
Country Association
Great Britain
IISA ID: 110
Gender: Female
Age: 47
Ice Miles: 3
ICE 7s: 2
About Kate Steels-Fryatt
I love to swim wherever I can - in the sea, rivers, lakes and swimming pool (Masters), in the UK and abroad. I enjoy open water swimming all year round. The buzz I get from ice swimming is amazing, and in the summer I really enjoy long distance / endurance swimming together with a variety of competitions and events.

I am relatively new to winter and ice swimming having only done it for 3 seasons. I have to work very hard to acclimatise and listen to my body so that I can swim safely. I enjoy the social part of swimming too - it is such a friendly small community. I could not have achieved many of my swimming successes without the support and help of my family, friends, work colleagues, and especially my partner (fortunately swimming is a big part of both of our lives and we love training together). A big thank you to everyone!

My first cold water competition in cold water was at Tooting Bec Lido for the UKCWSC in 2013 where I won a bronze medal. However it wasn\'t until 2014, after the Jinan Festival of Springs Competition in China that I got a real taste of serious ice swimming. I travelled up to Harbin in the far NE of China and had several dips with the local ice swimming club. The air was -33 C .... it took an hour at dawn to clear the river pool from thick ice that formed each day, but the swimming was amazing.

In January 2015 I did my first official Ice Mile and then in March I was selected to represent the UK in the First World Ice Swimming Championships 1km in Murmansk, Russia. This was a serious challenge but one that I was very excited about and I trained extremely hard for. I had been swimming in local lakes and rivers 4-5 times a week. I had spent a week in Snowdonia hiking to the coldest lakes I could find to swim twice daily. Then, shortly before travelling to Russia I was given an old bath and resorted to having ice baths in my back garden !! The atmosphere and venue in Murmansk was spectacular -we were all treated like Olympians. The water was marginally above freezing and the air sub zero. I swam late in the day, after the solar eclipse. Soon after I started swimming the sun went behind the clouds and it snowed heavily. I was thrilled to finish the event and ecstatic to learn later that I had won a gold in my age group and set a new world record for my age group.

Some of my other swimming achievements include a Cross Channel Relay, a 4 person relay around the Isle of Wight (58 miles), cross Solent swims and Lake Zurich (26.4km) solo. I enjoy competitions and have won several medals - the River Lee Swim (Cork) and the Seahorse Swim are two of my favourite races.

I am always pleased to be able to give something back to the swimming community and have supported several swimmers doing cross channel solos and also in Tunisia.

I am thrilled to have been invited to become a board member of the IISA for GB and look forward to helping shape the future of our unique and wonderful sport, and to promote it safely.

Ice Miles

  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Dist.
Swim
Time
Water
Conditions
Air
Temp
Wind
Speed
Support  
1 31 Jan 2015 Andark Lake, Bursledon, Sou... 3.90°C -1.00°C 1.03mi 0:32:50 Open Water (Dive Lake) 5.00°C 33.8 km/h Other view
2 3 Dec 2016 Andark Lake, Lower Swanwick... 4.80°C 2.20°C 1.00mi 0:31:38 Pool (Pool area made within small lake) 5.50°C 16 km/h - view
3 4 Mar 2017 Mikkelvik Brygge, Norway 2.37°C -7.30°C 1.06mi 0:33:16 Sea (Fjord) -5.00°C 5 km/h - view

IISA 1km Swims

  Swim
Date
Event Name Country Event Venue Swim
Time
Stroke Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
AR ER WR WC  
1 20 Mar 2015 IISA 1st World Champio... Russian Federation Lake Semenovskoye, Mur... 19:30:00 Crawl 0.08°C -5.00°C AR       view
2 20 Feb 2016 IISA Great Britain IK ... England Andark Lake, Southampt... 17:48:00 Crawl 5.00°C 0.00°C         view
3 26 Feb 2016 Estonian 1km Ice Swimm... Estonia Tallinn 18:43:00 Crawl 0.00°C 0.00°C         view
4 6 Jan 2017 2nd Ice Swimming Aqua ... Germany Burghausen, Bavaria 18:44:18 Crawl 3.40°C -11.10°C         view
AR = Age-Group Record
ER = Swim Event Record
WR = World Record
WC = World Championship Record

Qualifying Swims

  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Swimmer
Condition
Status Swim
Dist.
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Time
Stroke Observer  
1 20 Feb 2016 Andark Lake, Lower... Good Accepted 1000m 5.00°C 0.00°C 17:48:00 Crawl Rory Fitzgerald view

Other Swims

Solo
  Swim
Date
Location
(Description)
Time
Taken
Swim
Distance
Avg Dist.
Per Day
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Observer /
Witness
Awards  
1 28 Nov 2016 Serpentine Pond, London
(Swim)
18h 20:00 1,000 m - 4.4°C [hi]
0°C [lo]
2°C Matthew Johnston   view

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