Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We will be on the radio tomorrow!

Dear Swimmers

If you are able to tune in at the ungodly hour of 4.35am tomorrow morning (Wednesday 24th August) I will be giving an interview with Glynn Greensmith on the ABC radio station regarding our Team Channel Dare preparations for the Channel and obviously reporting back about the successes of the Team to this point.

Tomorrow marks the 136th anniversary since the first person to successfully swim the English Channel made it across to France. Captain Matthew Webb swam the channel with a mix of breaststroke and side stroke in just under 22 hours and covered an astonishing 64km (straight line being 34km) in a course dictated by the strong tides and currents - not too dissimilar to those encountered by Geoff Wilson last month!!

The mayor of Dover proclaimed after the swim that such an extraordinary fete of human endurance would mean that no one would surely ever be able to repeat it. A plaque erected in 1909 in his honour at his birthplace in Dawley, Shropshire by his elder brother Thomas reads simply:


...and has become the motto of all those that have followed him.

So if you can, please tune in for the interview and if you feel inspired why not pop along to our 530am swim session at the Claremont Pool immediately thereafter where myself and Andrew will be putting our final touches to our preparation under the watchful eye of Francene coaching on pool deck.



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