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FROM A TO SEA: Ossi Schmidt on the 'most scenic open water swim in Munster' | #14

May 21st, 2024 11:42 AM

By Southern Star Team

FROM A TO SEA: Ossi Schmidt on the 'most scenic open water swim in Munster' | #14 Image
GaddinAbtGarnish founder Ossi Schmidt with Southern Star editor Siobhán Cronin.

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OSSI Schmidt is a legend in Open Water Swimming – he was involved in starting the Irish Open Masters Swimming Championships, brought the Global Open Water Swimming Conference to Cork in 2013 and became honorary recorder for the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2019.

He has swam the Gibraltar Straits, and completed several relay swims including the four-person English Channel, Lake Zurich, Alcatraz, Robben Island and, locally, Fastnet to Schull.

But these days Ossi is best known as the founder of the GaddinAbtGarnish swim event that takes place twice each summer, over to or around the stunning island off Glengarriff.

Just ahead of entries opening for the second swim this summer, Ossi came down to Lough Hyne to chat to us about the origins of one of Ireland’s most popular charity swims.


This episode was produced and presented by Siobhán Cronin, with editing by Dylan Mangan.

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