The Freediving World is Amazed Again

It seems UK freediving scene has a great seedbed - after Dean Chaouche's silver medal in recent Vertical Blue - Alice Hickson, a complete newcomer has become World Freediving Champion at the World Championships in Belgrade! Alice, 25, swam 174m on one breath and no fins, smashing the UK national record by 21m, one that she set only a few days previously. The British freediver is a swim coach and studying Occupational Therapist part-time and she's only been freediving for eight months! Earlier this year, in March, Alice made her first impression on the freediving scene by winning the "Best Female Newcomer" at the National Pool championships (The Great Northern) in Liverpool.
30. 6. 2015

Of her two dynamic no fins competition dives, both setting national records and the second placing her at first place on the podium at the World Championships, Alice had this to say:

“I was excited to come to the World championships as I thought it would be a great opportunity to see the competitive world of freediving and gain some experience.  I’ve only ever done one other completion so I didn’t know what to expect but so far it's been amazing and totally overwhelming, in a good way.  The day before the competition I started getting really nervous and doubted my ability to compete against some of the best people in the sport.  But then I remembered why I was here, for experience and to enjoy it so I told myself just ‘do your best’ and that’s all you can do.  So during my first dive I kept that thought and made it into the finals, whist setting a new national record.  I was chuffed.  Then it was time for the finals, I used the same motto to calm my nerves but at the last minute before official top, I felt my heart racing and the last thing I thought is that whatever happens I’ve come eighth.”

Alice looks set to be a World Class athlete and we are excited to watch her journey as it unfolds.

Photo: © Daan Verhoeven (


30. 6. 2015
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