News » Caroline Hurley swam across the English Channel

Congratulations to Caroline Hurley (Crewe 1991), Sue Brown and Eileen Murphy on completing their swim across the English Channel.  They are three extraordinary deaf women and calls themselves the Three Deaf Penguins.

Caroline and her 2 friends have been training for this swim for a very long time...having swum Coniston Lake and much swimming in the sea off the south coast of England and Spain.  Caroline also recently swam from Robben Island to Cape Town as part of her training.

Caroline is an inspiration to those that know her. She was born deaf, insisted on going to a hearing school (DSG) and got her matric.  She represented South Africa in both swimming and rowing - having won gold and silver medals at the Deaf Olympics; she has relocated to the UK where she has represented Britain in badminton; she has been recognised by the EU, and awarded a scholarship for an app that she has been developing; she is married and has a gorgeous, fully hearing daughter that she is doing a wonderful job raising.  Alongside all of this, she has also completed a University Degree through the Open University whilst holding down a job and at the age of 46 she undertook yet another incredible challenge.

Caroline, your drive and determination is inspirational and DSG is so proud of you!