Birthplace: Hampshire, England
'When I was growing up I was quite body-conscious. Taking up outdoor-swimming has changed that completely. I somehow get energy from the water. I know what my body is capable of. I'm proud of my body.
When an opportunity arrived for me and my husband to move up here, we jumped at the chance. I love the sense of space and possibilities to explore. The water here is gloriously fresh and pure. It's cold but I like it that way. I never dreamt I would be the one breaking the ice with a sledgehammer to go swimming, but in the winter the water doesn't get above 5 degrees.
I've now set up my own swimming business here. I wanted to share the joys of swimming in this beautiful place with other people.'