Minty-Gravett makes International Hall of Fame

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The 48-year-old Jerseyborn swimming instructor, who has conquered the Channel four times each in a different decade, is to have her name inscribed on the base of the Sea Goddess Trophy, the official silverware of the IMSHOF, a world-wide organisation based in Florida.

The IMSHOF honour individuals who have had a positive impact on the development of marathon swimming and Minty is thoroughly delighted with her recognition.

This morning she said: ‘I’m very honoured both for myself and Jersey.

I believe I’m only the 17th person in Great Britain to have gained this recognition since it began in 1963.

‘My husband Charlie suggested the nomination and it was agreed by the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club committee at a meeting late last year.

‘The closing date was 6 January and having heard nothing up to last week we all thought that nothing had come of it.

‘But yesterday afternoon the news came through; I’m now proud and very happy with this success and I’m told the voting was extremely close.’ Minty is hoping to attend an induction ceremony at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in May.

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