Brenda Fisher

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Brenda Fisher
Personal information
Full name Brenda Fisher
Nationality British
Born 1927
Grimsby, England
Sport Swimming

Brenda Fisher (born 1927, Grimsby) is an English long-distance swimmer.

Fisher was born and raised in Grimsby, the daughter of a Grimsby trawler skipper, learned to swim at the age of 9, and initially became a speed swimmer.[1][2][3]

In 1951 she was the 23rd swimmer of the English Channel from France to England, completing in the then record women's time of 12 hours 42 minutes, 73 minutes faster than the previous women's record set by Jenny James,[3][4][5][6] and winning a £1000 Daily Mail first prize.[7] Other reports state the previous record was held by Florence May Chadwick.[7] Fisher swam the Channel again in 1954, and was the first woman ashore.[8][9]

In 1956, Fisher completed and won the 29-mile (47 km) River Nile Swim, then at the fastest time.[10][11]

In September 1956, Fisher took part in the 32-mile (51 km) Lake Ontario swim from Niagara to Toronto, completing in 18 hours and 50 minutes, 2 hours and 6 minutes faster than the previous record set by Marilyn Bell.[1][10] At that point, she was the third person in history to complete the swim. She attempted the Ontario swim again in 1957 but retired after 12 hours 43 minutes.[12]

Fisher, with Stanley Baker, was one of the judges in the 1954 Prestatyn "Easy To Love" Bathing Beauty Contest.[13]

Brenda Fisher married Paddy Johnson, footballer with Grimsby Town F.C. After retiring, she became a swimming teacher in Grimsby.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Brenda Ready To Swim Anything Provided It’s Made Worthwhile"; The Montreal Gazette 15 August 1956. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  2. ^ "60 years on, record-breaker Brenda recalls her race to British shores"; Grimsby Telegraph, 16 August 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  3. ^ a b "Brenda Fisher"; Solo Swims of Ontario Inc. Hall of Fame. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  4. ^ (PDF) "Celebrating almost 85 years of serving Channel Swimmers"; p. 8. Channel Swimming Association. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  5. ^ "Brenda Fisher - UK (England)"; Retrieved 11 June 2012
  6. ^ "It was swell to swim the Humber!"; Retrieved 11 June 2012
  7. ^ a b "Channel Swim Won by Egyptian";, The Cairns Post, 18 August 1951. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  8. ^ "'A remarkable lady'"; Grimsby Telegraph, 14 September 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  9. ^ *"Portuguese Wins Channel Swim 1954"; British Pathe. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  10. ^ a b "Brenda Fisher Beats Marilyn Bell Record"; Solo Swims of Ontario Inc. Hall of Fame Globe and Mail 14 August 1956. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  11. ^ "Brenda Fisher Wins Nile Swim 1956"; British Pathe. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  12. ^ "Brenda Fisher Swims Ontario"; The Palm Beach Post, 14 August 1958. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  13. ^ ""Easy To Love" Bathing Beauty Contest 1954"; British Pathe. Retrieved 11 June 2012
  14. ^ "Two Grimsby sporting heroes call on athletes to make waves at London 2012"; Grimsby Telegraph, 9 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012

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