Catalina World Record Swim Attempt - August 2020

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Swimming to End Violence

Please Note: White Ribbon cannot accept donations for this swim whilst I am located outside of Australia. I will open this White Ribbon fundraiser when I return to Australia from October 1st.


My name is Chloë McCardel and I am an Australian World Record Holder and ultramarathon swimmer. I am attempting a triple non-stop Catalina Channel crossing (96km / 60 miles) to take a stand against violence towards women and children around the world.

I have experienced extensive domestic violence by more than one partner in my lifetime. I  have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to these experiences. Unfortunately, although my personal story is unique it is also very common. 

On average, in Australia, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner*.

Domestic violence repeats itself. Men who were exposed to domestic violence as children are three to four times more likely to perpetrate domestic violence as adults**.

You may not be sure what you can do.

One of the things you can do is to educate yourself. Learn more about domestic violence and about the work that White Ribbon Australia does using their helpful online resources. Sign up for their free e-learning, read up on domestic violence statistics, understand the causes of domestic violence and learn about the different types of abuse.

If someone has taken the difficult step of telling you their experience of violence or abuse, it is important you respond in a supportive and appropriate way. Important first steps to take when someone discloses an experience of violence or abuse:

  • Believe the person
  • Make sure they understand it’s not their fault
  • Listen without judging the person
  • Be supportive, encouraging, open and honest
  • Ask if they need help from a support service and discuss their options
  • Help them get advice and support by calling 1800 RESPECT or visiting their website
  • Offer to go with the person if they meet with a support service
  • Keep in touch with the person to see how they are going

I believe in a future free from gender-based violence. If you believe in this future too please share my event page, share information to help others understand domestic violence and follow the steps above if someone discloses an experience of violence or abuse to you.

Let’s create a new world together. 




31x English Channel solo crossings, including an Australian first triple non-stop English Channel crossing

World Record for the longest ratified unassisted ocean swim of 124.4km in 41.5 hours.


*Bryant, W. & Bricknall, S. (2017). Homicide in Australia 2012-2014: National Homicide Monitoring Program report. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. Retrieved from


Event Information

Saturday 01st August 00:00 - 00:00

Catalina Island

This venue is accessible for people with disability

My Achievements

Updated profile

Shared on social

Self donated

Reached $100

Half way to goal

Reached goal

Thank you to my Supporters


Kate M

Go Chloe. Thanks for being brave enough to share your story. Barracking for your swim and for you as a person, you are one amazing human being! x


Jason And Amanda Osuchowski

Go Chloe! From all of us - smash it!! Great cause


Maeve Mulcahy

Go for this World Record Chloe! Strong Swimming 💪🏼🏊🏻‍♀️


Leanne Hoogsteyns


Sarah Farrell

You know how I feel about you and your accomplishments to date. I can't imagine what you have been through and I wish I could turn back time so things could be different for you. Your courage and inner strength are nothing short of amazing. Xxx


Kham Piseth