Aussie teen torpedo in channel swim
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.”