Gráinne Moss

Swimmer

Gráinne Moss (née Gunn) was selected to represent Ireland at the inaugural World Cup Long Distance Swimming Championships in 1986 at the age of 16.   This was a pivotal event in the history of marathon swimming as the first 25 km held under the auspices of FINA.   Gráinne finished 9th behind leading swimmers including Bridget Young (International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame).
 
Gráinne became the first Irish female to swim the English Channel completing the crossing in 11 hours and 52 minutes in 1987 and in 2001 became the first from Ireland to complete the Cook Strait 26 km in New Zealand.
 
She won the 17km Ladies Irish Open Water Swimming Championship seven times (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2001) and finished 3rd in the 25th Anniversary swim in 2015.  She also swam across Galway Bay twice and completed Windermere 10.5 miles and English Open Water Champions Ullswater 25 km in 1996. 
 
It is important to realise that there were very few established marathon swims in the years between 1986 and 2001.  This makes Gráinne’s accomplishments even more impressive.
 
She has also given back to the sport.  In 2000 Gráinne swam seven lakes in New Zealand in 7 days raising awareness and funds for water safety and continues to mentor other marathon swimmers.  Two of the lakes were marathon swims:  Lake Tarawera 11.5 km and Lake Rotorua 10 km.