As far back as being a baby Jax has always loved being in the water. As a youngster backstroke was her favourite stroke and she competed regionally. Never really the fastest but certainly one of the happiest in the water! Nowadays she considers herself a wild swimmer and only uses the pool for fitness as required in the winter months when she trains with the Masters Club at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre. Living right on the North east coast (with a beautiful sea-view) she swims nearly every day in the summer in the cool North sea!. She does most of her swimming alone and is motivated mainly by the solitude and freedom that it provides her with.
When away from her ‘patch’ she is constantly in search of water and is always the first in and the last one out. Although there is not a competitive bone in her body she has taken part in several organised events recently including the River Dart 10k in Devon, U.K and the Brownsea Island swim, U.K. She has been a qualified beach lifeguard since her early twenties and has worked as an adventure holiday swim guide in both Croatia and Greece.
In summer 2012 she completed a 10 mile length of Windermere with a few friends (and much laughter!) She also organised the first North East Skinny Dip in the sea, which took place at sunrise on Druridge Bay on the Autumn Equinox with 200 dippers showing up to join her for a dip in the nude. The event, which aimed to make the Guinness Book of Records as the largest skinny dip in the world attracted international media attention. Watch this space for NESD 2013!
Having done long shifts as a paramedic for ten years, Jax has finally chosen time over money and, now part-time, enjoys filling her time with the things she loves. Gardening, knitting, hooping, singing and general self-discovery!
"Just keep swimming Just keep swimming Just keep swimming swimming swimming What do we do we swim, swim, swim OH HO HO How I love to swim When you WAAAAAANNTTT to swim you want to swim - (Dory, Finding Nemo)"