Marty first stated swimming at eight years old when his mother enrolled him in lessons at a local pool in the community where he grew up. But it wasn't until 2005 when he discovered his passion for swimming in the ocean. Five years later, he decided to take-on the English Channel and started training for that swim which he completed on 27 Aug 2013. His crossing from England to France is noteworthy because it was recognised by the Channel Swimming Association as the Most Meritorious Swim that year.
Marty's English Channel success gave him the confidence to take-on other swims. So far, he has completed five of the Oceans Seven swims including the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Gibraltar Strait and the North Channel. He has also achieved the Triple Crown of open-water swimming, which includes the English Channel, Catalina Channel and the 20 Bridges swim around Manhattan.
Marty's training programs for his swims around the world have included solo crossings of the Rottnest Channel in Western Austarlia and the South Head Roughwater swim. Long swims in the Balmoral Beach and Manly Beach areas in Sydney and in the Brighton Beach area in Melbourne have also been part of his preparation.
Marty is also passionate about diversity and inclusion in sport and is an Athlete Ally ambassador.
Listings in Swimming Databases
Marty Filipowski | LongSwims Database
Marty Filipowski - Openwaterpedia
Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame | LongSwims Database
Rottnest Channel, 25 Feb 2012
South Head Roughwater, 20 May 2012
Rottnest Channel, 23 Feb 2013
South Head Roughwater, 19 May 2013
English Channel, 27 Aug 2013
Rottnest Channel, 21 Feb 2015
Catalina Channel, 27 Aug 2015
Rottnest Channel, 27 Feb 2016
Sydney Coast (Northern Beaches from Palm Beach to Shelly Beach), 18 June 2016
20 Bridges Manhattan Swim, 15 Aug 2016
Cook Strait, 19 Feb 2017
Strait of Gibraltar, 3 May 2018
North Channel (Ireland to Scotland) 5 Sept 2018
Awards, Achievements and Honours
Channel Swimming Association - Most Meritorious Swim 2013
Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming - 2016
Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame - 2020 Inductee
Committee Member, Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Marty Filipowski - Athlete Ally - Athlete Ally promotes diversity and inclusion in sport.
Charmian Frend and Marty Filipowski: The friends conquering extreme open water swims together (smh.com.au)
Sydney to come full circle with plans for swimmers to dip their toes back in the harbour (smh.com.au)
Australian Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Expands Operating Group – World Open Water Swimming Association
Marty Filipowski Goes 5-for-5, Crosses The North Channel – World Open Water Swimming Association