Wherever She Saw Water, Willy van Rysel Wanted To Swim

Willy van Rysel was born Wilhemina Magdalena van Rijsel in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 1916 and passed away 92 years later. She was inducted as an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer in 2002 and in the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2008.

She was the first woman to receive the Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She traveled throughout Great Britain promoting long distance swimming and setting records. In 1948, she became the first woman to swim across IJsselmeer and set a record when she swam 24 km from Stavoren to Enkhuizen. In

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