Taking the plunge - Hampshire County Council employee aims to become first Briton to swim an ice mile in seven continents

Hampshire County Council employee, Kate Steels-Fryatt, is aiming to make history by becoming the first Briton to complete the extreme ‘Ice 7’ challenge – a mile long swim in waters of five degrees Celsius or under, in seven continents, including one at zero degrees Celsius

Mar 1 2018


Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “Kate’s commitment to securing this record is evident from her training and discipline, as the challenge is clearly not for the faint hearted. We wish Kate well in her three remaining ice miles and hope that she secures her place in the history books.”

As well as completing the ICE 7, Kate hopes to compete in the 2019 International Ice Swimming Association World Championships.

The live announcement of the location for the 2019 International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) 3rd World Championships was made at an event hosted by Hampshire County Council, in Ashburton Hall, Winchester on 26 February 2018. Next year, the championships will be held in Murmansk in Russia, where it is anticipated swimmers from up to 30 countries will compete.

Attending the event, Councillor Perry continued: “We have been very pleased to be able to host this international sporting announcement – and welcome competitors from across the world. The success of Team GB in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will inspire a generation of young people to take up winter sports, and ice swimming stands to be a strong contender for consideration as a new addition to the list of extraordinary sports we have all been watching.”

Kate, who is also the Chairman of IISA Great Britain, added: “I hope to see the popularity and reach of ice swimming continue to grow, and recognised as an Olympic winter sport in the future.

“I’m determined to complete the ICE 7 as it will be a big personal accomplishment, both physically as well as mentally. I completed the Ice zero in China at Christmas which was the toughest swim I have ever done. I really enjoy swimming in such unique environments and demonstrating that with the right training and support, people can achieve what they set their minds to.”

Main picture shows Cllr Roy Perry at the live announcement receiving a gift from the Murmansk City Sports Committee. Kate Steels-Fryatt is second from the right. 

Photo credit: Terry Scott