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Michael Read MBE 1979-1980 and 1980-2000 and 2004-Present

Michael Read MBE is the first person to complete 17, 19-31 and 33 crossings.

Michael Read MBE

"King of the Channel®" Mike Read pictured at Crown Pools, Ipswich, when he was helping the Aspire Organisation in 2004 to encourage people to swim the 22 miles from England to France, to raise money to fight heart disease and make themselves fitter in the process. Mike shows some of the swimmers one of his Channel Swimming Association swim certificates.

Michael Read at Crown Pools in Ipswich  Michael Read at Crown Pools in Ipswich

Mike takes a break from training at Crown Pools in Ipswich.

Michael Read at Crown Pools in Ipswich  Michael Read at Crown Pools in Ipswich

Mike Read receiving his BLDSA Torbay Championship medal from the Mayor of Torquay.

Michael Read receiving his BLDSA Torbay Championship medal

"King of the Channel®" and Chairman of the Channel Swimming Association, Mike Read talks to Warden of the Cinque Ports and First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Michael Boyce and the Minister of Transport at the Maritime Careers Festival, Dover 2006.

Michael Read talks to Warden of the Cinque Ports

Channel Swimming Association Annual Dinner 2007
Lady Boyce, "King of the Channel®" and Chairman of the Channel Swimming Association, Mike Read, President of the Channel Swimming Association, Sunny Lowry, Admiral Lord Boyce, Constable of Dover Castle and Rebecca Lewis.

Michael Read at the CSA Dinner 2007

Channel Swimming Association Annual Dinner 2008
Mike Read, President of the CSA and "King of the Channel®", Montserrat Tresserras, Vice President of the CSA and Diane Smallwood, Mayor of Dover.

Michael Read at the CSA Dinner 2008

Mike Read, President of the CSA and "King of the Channel®", with the David’s/Wheeler Award in the Museum of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Awarded the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Davids/Wheeler Award for his contribution to the administration of long distance swimming over 50 years.

Awarded a Certificate of Merit by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame for reaching the final ballot for election to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

michael-read-wheeler-award  Michael Read with his Davids Wheeler Award

Channel Swimming Association Annual Dinner 2009
Peter Van Vooren, CSA Chairman, Niko Nestor, Honorary President of the FINA lake Ohrid swim, 50th Anniversary of his Channel swim, H.E. Mrs Marija Eframova, Macedonian Ambassador to London, Mike Read, President of the CSA, "King of the Channel®".

Michael Read at the CSA Dinner 2009