A swimmer and surfer from Sydney, Australia, Maev Kerri has travelled the world swimming channels, marathons and races.
Years of surfing and a long racing career led Maev into marathon and distance swimming. After successfully completing many 10km marathons around Australia, she became the 24th person to complete the 20km Lake Argyle Swim in the Kimberley, Western Australia.
In 2017, Maev became the 10th Australian female and 26th Australian to complete Catalina Channel in the US. This marked her first solo channel swim.
Attempting The English Channel in 2018, she swam over 48km in 11 hours on a Spring Tide. In strong winds and an unexpected flood tide, the swim was cancelled within three miles from the finish due to dangerous conditions. Humbled by The Channel’s strength, Maev and the crew plan to return.
They are currently preparing for the 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim, New York City (46km).
Maev is a proud supporter of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and the Ocean Lovers Festival. She is also a Climate Reality Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, advocating for the strengthening of health systems to address the health risks of climate change.
In 2021, Maev was a finalist in the UNSW PGC Ambassador of the Year Award and in 2018, a finalist in the News Ltd. Service to Sport Award (NSW).
In between major swims, Maev is exploring and photographing new cities, deserts, mountains and waves.