Open wa­ter swim­mers em­bark on Chan­nel

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

DAR­ING open wa­ter swim­mers Christie Leet and Michael Hanisch have em­barked on their mis­sion to tackle the English Chan­nel.

Known as the Mt Ever­est of marathon swim­ming, Leet and Hanisch hope to con­quer the 33.79km (de­pend­ing on tides and swell) early next month.

The pair has been train­ing for months in the Whit­sun­days, but noth­ing could pos­si­bly pre­pare the real es­tate fig­ures for the freez­ing temperatures to come.

The wa­ter is ex­pected to be between 13-18C, and wet­suits are not al­lowed to be worn.

Aus­tralia holds the record for the fastest chan­nel swim (Trent Grim­sey 6.55 hours in 2012) and the old­est swim­mer (Cyril Bal­dock 70years-old in 2014), how­ever Hanisch and Leet will be con­tent to com­plete the swim, let alone break any records.

Ear­lier this year, PRD na­tion­wide Whit­sun­day prin­ci­pal Christie Leet told the Whit­sun­day Times how much prepa­ra­tion went into the trip.

“We’ve been train­ing since Novem­ber last year. Do­ing 30-40km a week and a lot of pool laps,” he said.

“Only 1000 peo­ple have done it be­fore. The mileage and dis­tance is go­ing well and we’re ahead of where we need to be. The only dif­fi­culty is be­ing in North Queens­land with no cold wa­ter...we’ll be right for dis­tance it’s just about stay­ing warm enough.” Hanisch and Leet hope to com­plete the swim in the first few weeks of Septem­ber, how­ever that is sub­ject to tides and swell in the Chan­nel.

BRAVE SWIM­MERS: Brad Sobott made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Christie Leet and Michael Hanisch last week be­fore the the pair jet­ted off to Europe to swim the English Chan­nel.

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