To be given the opportunity to give back, actually means more to me than any swims I have personally achieved. To encourage, cajole, nurture and sometimes shout at a swimmer to push through their limits, and to then watch them achieve their dream, is absolutely indescribable. I cry every time I watch from the support boat or swim one of my friends to French soil. Of course being a Channel swimmer myself, I know every emotion going through them at that “I did it” moment. I understand and feel the hard work they have put in to be able to call themselves a Channel swimmer. There is no cheating in the Channel, no shortcuts to get to the other side. Just a lot of hours in the pool and the ocean alone with just your thoughts! Here are the stories of the friends I have had the privilege of being a part of their crew. Each achievement is truly life changing, for the swimmer and for me. It all started with a message one Sunday evening whilst cooking the family their dinner….