Lynette conquers swim for SIDS
NEED A TRADIE? WITH constant thoughts of her late nephew Vaelen Hewitt, of Bentley, spurring her on, a determined Lynette Hewitt swam 40km to and from Rottnest Island in 14 hours on March 7, also raising more than $61,000 for SIDS and Kids.
“It was very hard,” Mrs Hewitt said.
“There was sea sickness and stingers but I just kept thinking about why I was doing it.
“And I felt the positive energy everyone was sending me. I didn’t doubt for one minute that I wouldn’t be able to do it.”
The triathlete and long-distance swimmer decided to take on the challenge eight months ago in the aftermath of the unexplained death of her godson and nephew Vaelen last April when he was two years and eight months old.
He died as a result of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), which according to SIDS and Kids is a rare condition that occurs mainly in toddlers aged one to five years.
The son of her husband Tony’s brother Glen and wife Britt Hewitt, of Bentley, Vaelen was an energetic sibling to sister Pallas, with a love of the water and learning to swim.
Mrs Hewitt’s training for the marathon involved swimming 40km across six days a week, swimming twice three days a week and between 7-10km on a Saturday, followed by a rest day each Sunday.
She got into the water at Port Beach in the dark at 5am and got to Rotto where she walked up onto the sand before sitting for just two minutes wrapped in a blanket, drinking fluid and eating a strawberry jam sandwich she had made the night before
As she arrived back at Port Beach at 7.10pm Mrs Hewitt said she “felt so excited”.
“The sun was setting on the horizon and I wondered if I’d be able to stand but I bounced on to my feet. It was amazing.”
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Stingers, seasickness, the cold and shipping movements couldn’t stop Lynette completing the swim. Inset: Crowds gather to welcome Lynette back to Port Beach.
Thoughts of her late nephew spurred Lynette on.
Lynette’s solo double crossing took 14 hours to finish.