I am a 49 year old Brisbane based father of three who loves the water and a good challenge! I have always dreamed about doing something like swimming the English Channel however never thought that I’d ever actually do it. My wife, Trish, first got the ball rolling after speaking with Trent Grimsey, current record holder for the fastest crossing of the English Channel.
I completed the swim on the 23rd of August this year in a time of 13 hours and 9 minutes. I can say without doubt that this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. There were times during the swim that I thought I was not going to make it and it was a continual battle with my mind. There were however a couple of things that got me through: Firstly my kids (when I found it tough I would say to myself that this next stroke is for Ela, next stroke is for Lucy, next stroke is for Peggy / this went on for several hours during those dark patches; Secondly, I thought of all the amazing support I received from friends, family, the Youngcare team and all the amazing people who had so generously donated to my swim; and finally, I thought about the Youngcare residents and in particular Todd and Brian and I thought what these guys would give to be out here doing what I'm doing. It was an amazing feeling to finally hit France, it was pitch dark (1.30am) when my fingers finally touched the sand. Strangely enough I didn't have any feelings of euphoria, I didn't have any feelings of accomplishment, it was just absolute relief, I had done it, I had fulfilled my promise and I was totally spent.