TAMMY VAN WISSE
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Most people fly, some board a ship, but Tammy van Wisse has done it the hard way by swimming 1.5 times round the world. At 32, Tammy has swum 60,000 kilometres - testament to her amazing stamina and strength.
Tammy van Wisse is more than an athlete - she also epitomises the quintessential healthy young Australian personality: attractive, outgoing and friendly.
Her infectious personality, beaming smile and well modulated voice make her an excellent presenter and impressive keynote or motivational speaker.
With extensive experience in media relations, Tammy is well qualified when it comes to endorsing products, be it radio, television, print campaigns or public appearances.
- Tammy's swimming career began at the age of 11, when she first undertook formal training. Her first marathon swim was 20km: from Beaumaris to Frankston. Wins were achieved in the Lorne Pier to Pub in 1986, 87 and 89.
- In 1996, Tammy entered the Guiness Books after becoming the first person to swim across Bass Strait. Record times and wins have also been recorded after swimming Loch Ness, Cook Strait (New Zealand), the English Channel, Greece's Olympic Games Centenary Marathon, and New York's Manhattan Island Marathon.
- On 18th February 2001, Tammy completed her greatest challenge to date by swimming the entire length of the Murray River from the alps to the ocean - a feat no one else in the world has achieved. Starting from Corryong in Victoria's high country, it took Tammy 106 days to reach the Murray Mouth in South Australia, 2438 kilometres away.
- Tammy has appeared on numerous television shows, including: Good Morning Australia, The 7.30 Report, Postcards and The Footy Show. Tammy has also been featured in magazines such as Woman's Day, Natural Heritage Magazine and Australian Swimming Magazine.
- Environmental issues have always been close to Tammy's heart, with cleaner waterways, poor environmental flows, salinity and toxic algal bloom being among her main concerns.
- Currently Tammy is training at Haileybury pool under the guidance of Wayne Lawes. One of Australia's former swimming champions, Dawn Fraser, oversees Tammy's marathon swims. During summer, Tammy can be found patrolling the beach at Black Rock where she is a member of the Lifesaving Club.
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