Lisa Stansbie - Founder
For the past thirteen years Lisa and Michael have travelled all over Greece and the Greek islands. While on these trips Lisa decided that swimming in the beautiful Greek seas was an essential part of the Greek experience and set about learning to improve her stroke. As an (over) enthusiastic adult swimmer Lisa quickly developed her technique and joined the Leeds Masters Swimming Club. After falling in love with the sport Lisa started swimming competitively with both Leeds Masters and the Derby based Etwall Eagles Masters team. She holds regional and national medals in freestyle and breaststroke and regularly competes all over the U.K
Her other love is art. Obtaining a PhD in 2010 in the Philosophy of Art she has a passion for both the ancient and the contemporary. She has exhibited at numerous galleries internationally and her recent work is inspired by open water and channel swimming.
A convert to open water swimming in 2008 she started swimming 3.8k races and found it rather enjoyable!. As a member of the British Long Distance Swimming Association Lisa swam the length of Derwentwater in 2011 to win the BLDSA 2 mile event, she has also won medals in her age group at both the ASA Midland Open Water Championships and ASA National Open Water Championships and has taken part in a numerous open water races in rivers, lakes and the sea. She has been part of the biennial 2swim4life national event held at Guildford Lido, swimming 17 miles. She was organiser and team member of the 2012 Etwall Eagles English Channel Relay Team, swimming the channel in 11 hours and 45 minutes. In recent years she has started competing in triathlon and plans to undertake an Ironman distance in the near future.
Lisa has swam The Big Blue swim routes on numerous occasions and in different weather conditions and seasons. She has also undertaken a variety of supported solo swims in Greece in the areas of The Bay of Marathon, Porto Rafti, Vouliagmeni, a number of the Cyclades Islands, The Peloponese, Monemvasia, Crete, Kythira, Samos, Kefallonia and Zakynthos.
"I love the challenge of swimming outdoors, of being close to nature and the swims I have undertaken in Greece have such water clarity. You are also surrounded by amazing scenery that its impossible not to stop and look at as you swim. I also love the crossings…Its a great feeling swimming from one island to another, a real sense of achievement when you finally arrive at your destination and look back thinking ‘I swam from over there!”"