My names is Riccardo (Ricky) Iacono and I’m a former member of Darwen Amateur Swimming Club (1977-1986).
Swimming is my first love. It changed my life in so many ways, both as a child and later in life as an adult.
As a child I struggled at school and swimming really helped improve my confidence and gave me a real sense of achievement. In 1988 I moved to Glasgow to study Fine Art and returned to swimming 15 years later, after moving to London. Initially to rehabilitate following a shoulder injury, and then as a way to improve my general sense of wellbeing.
I now swim on average 2 hours a day. It is an essential part of my daily life and gives me great pleasure. The positive energy, discipline and spirit of the club is embedded in every stroke.
It is long overdue, but I just wanted to say a massive thanks to the club for all for all its support and encouragement.
On the 19th July 2016, aged 47, I completed a solo swim across the English Channel. Swimming from Samphire Hoe in Dover to Wissant beach, France, I covered a distance of 48km in 14 hours, 31 minutes. The water temperature was circa 16.5 degrees and I swam without a wetsuit.
The swim was verified by the Channel Swimming Association.
My coach was Tim Denyer of Red Top Swim, London.
Escort boat: Viking Princess
My coach kindly shared my progress on Twitter so it’s there for all to see…but I’m really proud of this clip 11 hours into the swim!
Hopefully this will be of interest to your swimmers, and coaches (past and present).
Very Best Wishes