Records

New milestones set by Kim Chambers

Solo Swims

  • 1st woman to swim from Farallon Islands to San Francisco, 2015

  • 3rd woman (6th person ever) to complete the Oceans Seven challenge, 2014

  • 1st New Zealander (26th person) to swim the length of Lake Tahoe (21 miles), 2012 

Team Swims

  • 1st team to swim from USA to Mexico, 2017
  • 1st team to swim from Jordan to Israel across Dead Sea, 2016
  • Longest relay swim: 91 hours, 500kms, 2015
  • 1st relay team to swim from San Francisco to Farallon Islands, 2011
  • 1st all-female relay team to swim from San Francisco to Farallon Islands, 2011
 
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Oceans Seven Challenge

3rd woman (6th person in history) to complete the challenge in 2014.

  • North Channel -- 21 miles -- 1st New Zealander, 2014 
  • Tsugaru Strait -- 15 miles -- 1st New Zealander, 2014 
  • English Channel -- 21 miles -- 15th New Zealander, 2013
  • Catalina Channel -- 20.2 miles -- 2nd New Zealander, 2013
  • Strait of Gibraltar -- 11 miles -- 1st New Zealand woman, 2013 
  • Molokai Channel -- 26 miles -- 1st New Zealander, 2012 
  • Cook Strait, NZ -- 17 miles -- 83rd person ever to complete this swim, 2012
 
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Halberg Awards New Zealand

Sportswoman of the Year, Nominee 2015

Named after Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) the Halberg Awards is the New Zealand's pre-eminent event to honor and  celebrate the country's sporting excellence.

In 2015, Kim was nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year 2015.

 
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World Open Water Swimming Association

Performance of the Year, Nominee 2015

Kimberley Chambers added another feat to her impressive, but unlikely, swimming resume when she became the first woman to swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. The 38-year-old former ballerina's 30-mile tenacious solo swim took an agonizing 17 hours 12 minutes that ended with Chambers in the hospital. For her drive to overcome severe dehydration and push her body to the deep abyss of discomfort and pain, for being the first women to tackle arguably the world's most difficult channels, and for her unfailing courage despite the presence of the Great White Sharks, Kimberley Chambers' Farallon Islands swim is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.


Woman of the Year, Nominee: 2014 

"From a near amputation to this year’s completion of the Oceans Seven, few swimmers in history have come back from such depths to stand atop the marathon swimming world. Kimberley Chambers, a former ballerina whose leg was minutes from being amputated, took to swimming for rehabilitation – not for marathon swimming glory. But she needed to prove to herself and her doctors that she could recover from a terrible leg injury by completing 7 difficult channels around the world including a jellyfish-strewn North Channel crossing where she went into toxic shock. After years of struggle and sacrifice, the Kiwi living in San Francisco has transformed mindsets on what is truly possible in the open water. Personable, humble and profoundly eloquent, she is a role model in her rehabilitation and monumental swimming achievements. For her goal-setting mentality, for her laughter and motivational spirit, for her genuine willingness to share everything she has experienced along the way, Kimberley Chambers is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''


Woman of the Year, Nominee: 2013

"Kimberley Chambers was 30 minutes from having her leg amputated after a traumatic fall down a flight of stairs. Nearly all hope had evaporated in the hospital, but destiny ultimately intervened. After her leg was saved, she took up swimming in order to avoid being disabled and unable to walk. After a difficult two-year rehabilitation period, she learned to love swimming and those in the sport. This year, she has blossomed in ways she could not have imagined before. She completed the Strait of Gibraltar in May, the Catalina Channel in July, and the English Channel in September en route towards her goal of achieving the Oceans Seven. For her optimistic view of life, for her deep sense of appreciation of her teammates and supporters, for her utter joy in the discovery of her vast potential, Kimberley Chambers is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year."


Notable Awards

2015:

  • Halberg Awards New Zealand, Sportswoman of the Year, Nominee
  • Marathon Swimmers Federation, Female Solo Swim of the Year, Nominee
  • World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, Nominee

2014:

  • World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, Nominee
  • Pacific Masters Swimming Achievement Award

2013:

  • World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, Nominee
  • MSF Global Marathon Swimming Awards: Barra Award, Nominee

2012:

  • Most Inspirational Swimmers, Night Train Swimmers, Dolphin Club of San Francisco

  • World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year: Night Train Swimmers, Nominee

2011:

  • Most Inspirational Swimmer, Dolphin Club of San Francisco