Maureen McCoy from Drumlough, Co. Down, is an award-winning open-water swimmer. She began swimming as a child in the sea, lakes, and rock pools with her brothers. In 2009, just after her fortieth birthday, she fulfilled her childhood ambition of swimming the English Channel. Her achievements have been widely reported and featured on UTV and BBC television. Maureen enjoys outdoor swimming throughout the year and always has a swimsuit in her car – just in case.