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About Julie

About Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE

Julie gaining her doctorate

Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE is a qualified Physical Education Teacher (PGCE) and has a Master of  (MSc) as well as Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

In addition to running two psychotherapy Practices in the Midlands (Loughborough) and the North West (Blackpool), Juliespends the other part of her time as a Swimming Teacher and Coach for Indoor, Open Water, English Channel Swimming and other long distance events. She is an ASA Advanced Swimming Teacher and Coach of over 30 years and holds a specialist Open Water Level 2 STA Certificate. Julie also holds a RYA Powerboat Level 2 and a current First Aid At Work qualification.

She lectured part-time at Loughborough University in the Sport and Exercise Department for over 17 years. Dr. Julie Bradshaw is a Professional Psychotherapist and Counsellor, and a Coach and Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnosis. She is an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and is currently DBS (Enhanced) checked.

For nearly ten years Dr. Julie Bradshaw MBE was Secretary of the Channel Swimming Association Ltd, where she shared her experience and expertise, enabling and registering swimmers in order they achieve their dream of swimming the English Channel, the Blue Riband of Marathon Swimming. In addition, Julie is also a Councillor for Charnwood Borough Council, has served as the Patron of Home Start in Loughborough and is currently an Ambassador for the Greyhound Trust.

 How it began...

Julie’s illustrious swimming career began at the age of 15, when she became the fastest British Junior to swim the English Channel (see records section). Her world record collection began in the 1980’s and included a 4 Way Lake Windermere solo swim in 23 hours 17 minutes. This continued through the 90’s (when her ‘butterfly’ exploits began) and into this decade. In 2002, she achieved her 12th World Record with the legendary Butterfly solo swim of the English Channel in 14 hours 18 minutes. In 2011 Julie became the fastest person to circumnavigate the 28.5 mile course around Manhattan Island using the butterfly stroke for 9 hours and 28 minutes. She now holds around 20 world swimming records.

Her reputation had earned her several prestigious Honours. In 2004 Dr. Bradshaw was nominated for the Sunday Times Inspirational Award and in 2006 she was awarded an MBE for her ‘Services to Swimming and Charity’. That same year Loughborough University conferred upon Julie an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her outstanding achievements . And 2007, saw Julie recognized further with a place in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Julie continues to excel in sport (see Latest News and Swim Records section) and this excellence extends into all other areas of her life. She gains great pleasure out of helping children, students, adults and athletes, watching them transform their lives and maximizing their potential.

Alongside her swimming, Julie has worked part-time as a Sports and Exercise Science Lecturer (specifically in swimming) at Loughborough University for 17 years. She is also a Borough Councillor for Charnwood, and a has been a Counsellor at a College for Young People in Loughborough. Julie has been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist with Open Door (Young People's Service). She runs her own successful private Counselling, Psychotherapy, CBT and Life Coaching service in Loughborough and Blackpool. In addition, Julie is a Motivational and After Dinner Speaker, travelling the country inspiring others with her talks and stories. She is also a highly sought after Swimming Coach for Open Water and Channel Swimming Training and has swimmers come from all over the world to participate in her English Channel Swim Training Programmes and specialist swim camps, swimrun workshop events and swim clinics.

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