Aussie teen tor­pedo in chan­nel swim

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

A SYD­NEY school­boy has be­come the youngest Aus­tralian male to swim the fa­mous English Chan­nel.

Ned Wieland, 16, from North Bondi, is the na­tion’s new­est swim star af­ter he com­pleted the 34km feat yes­ter­day in an im­pres­sive nine hours and 45 min­utes.

“It was such a tough swim,” Ned told News Corp af­ter ar­riv­ing in Calais, north­ern France.

“The re­al­ity of what I just achieved is slowly com­ing to me now and I am very happy and over­whelmed.”

Ned, a Waver­ley Col­lege stu­dent, dreamt of cross­ing the chan­nel since he was 12.

The teen tor­pedo, who was ad­vised to put on weight for the gru­elling swim to bet­ter pro­tect his or­gans, said his men­tal strength was what got him to the fin­ish line.

“The swim isn’t just phys­i­cal, it’s also hugely men­tal,” he said. “Af­ter eight hours when your body is ex­hausted you’ve got to be strong enough in the mind to keep push­ing.”

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