JP woman achieves English Channel swim

July 24, 2015
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JP resident Maura Twomey successfully swam the English Channel on July 10 as a fundraiser for a cystic fibrosis charity in Ireland.

The 59-year-old completed the grueling swim from England to France in 16 hours, 23 minutes.

She said in an email that she “enjoyed the swim and was very lucky with a sunny day and good water conditions.”

A native of Ireland, Twomey reportedly is the oldest Irish swimmer to make the channel swim.

The owner of Hyde Square’s Centre & Spring Acupuncture, Twomey swam to raise funds for the Irish charity Build4Life, which helps to build cystic fibrosis treatment facilities in hospitals. Twomey’s grand-nephew in Ireland has the disorder.

She raised nearly 24,000 euros—roughly $26,000—and is still accepting donations at mycharity.ie/event/maurasenglishchannelswim.

JP swimmer Maura Twomey. (Courtesy Photo)

JP swimmer Maura Twomey. (Courtesy Photo)

Maura Twomey during her July 10 swim of the English Channel. (Courtesy Photo)

Maura Twomey during her July 10 swim of the English Channel. (Courtesy Photo)

  • Jess

    Maura is the best! So exciting to see an article celebrating her accomplishment. What a champ!

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