Maev Kerri Fitzpatrick is a swimmer and surfer from Sydney, Australia. After completing Catalina Channel in September 2017, she attempted the English Channel in August 2018 and is currently training for Rottnest Island (25km) and Manhattan Island (46km).
After surfing and body boarding for over 15 years, Maev began open water swimming in 2009 while living in the UK. Previously using swimming to improve her surfing skills and fitness, it very quickly developed into a new passion. Swimming invited competition at previously unseen beaches, rivers and lakes, offering opportunities to travel throughout the UK.
Maev competed in many 2-5km races in rivers and lakes in the UK. Returning to Australia, she continued racing in New South Wales, Canberra and Victoria.
Moving into distance swimming, Maev completed numerous 10km races, including the National Capital Swim (Lake Burley Griffin), Riverina Rush (Lake Talbot), Balmoral Challenge (Balmoral), Mentone Marathon (Melbourne), and the South Head Roughwater (Bondi – Watsons Bay).
In May 2016, through unseasonable torrential storms and headwinds, Maev became the 24th person to have ever completed the solo Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim (20km) in Western Australia.
On 18-19 September 2017, Maev Kerri successfully completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel, which lies between Catalina Island and San Pedro on the Southern Californian mainland. With the first successful crossing ratified in 1927, this swim is the 438th successful solo crossing of Catalina Channel and the 26th crossing by an Australian. Maev is the 10th Australian female to complete a crossing. This marked Maev’s first solo channel swim.
Maev attempted the English Channel between Dover, England, and Calais, France, in August 2018. This internationally renowned swim is considered the Everest of endurance swimming and is famous for its distance, strong tides, cold water and unpredictable weather, with waves that can reach up to two meters (6.5 feet). After swimming 48km in 11 hours, through strong winds and an unpredictable tide, which arrived two hours early, the swim was cancelled 3 miles from the finish due to dangerous conditions and a shoulder injury. Humbled by The Channel’s strength, Maev and her support crew plan to return.
Maev is proud to be an ambassador for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders and Surfrider Foundation Australia. She is also a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, advocating for the strengthening of health systems to address the additional health risks of climate change, and reduce current and future health burdens.
In 2018, Maev was a finalist in the News Ltd. Service to Sport Award (NSW).