Jonty Warneken


Jonty was born in Harrogate, grew up in Nidderdale, and lives near Wetherby. He’d spent most of his childhood fishing and swimming in the rivers, lake and ponds of the Yorkshire Dales. At the age of 22 Jonty lost his leg in an a car accident and has spent his life working in the financial services industry. Outside of work, Jonty is a renowned open water and ice swimmer, having completed multiple endurance swims, including an English Channel Relay, solo swim of Windermere and numerous marathon distance swims. He was part of “Team Bits Missing” the first disabled relay team to swim the North Channel. Jonty was the first disabled swimmer to swim the International Ice Swimming Associations “IISA” ‘Ice Mile’; is a Guinness World Record holder for Para distance Ice Swimming, is a Vice President of IISA and global board member. He is Co Chair of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame. He has represented GB in two Ice Swimming World Championships, was part of the first Para relay team to compete as “World Para” in the Finales of the IISA World Championship country 4X250M relay