Strait swim ditched

Central Leader - - News -

Ann Rogerson’s dream of swim­ming the Cook Strait has been foiled by mother na­ture.

The San­dring­ham res­i­dent first spoke to the Cen­tral Leader in Jan­uary about her de­sire to take on the 26km swim.

Af­ter cov­er­ing around 10km in the first two hours ear­lier this month, the tide turned on the 54-year-old.

“There was a rather strong cur­rent. I went side­ways for the next four hours.”

Ms Rogerson be­gan her swim around 8am, but with the wa­ter tem- per­a­ture drop­ping, her at­tempt was aban­doned around 3pm.

“The thought was it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen. I re­mem­ber say­ing, is there any point to this?”

But the un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt hasn’t ex­tin­guished her determination to con­quer the swim at some point in the fu­ture.

“It’s been a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Next time I’ll be a lot more wise on what to ex­pect. I’ll keep up my fit­ness lev­els and work out what things I can do to build my­self up.”

Ms Rogerson will also have more op­por­tu­nity to get used to the chilly wa­ters of Welling­ton when she moves to Palmer­ston North to start a three-year PhD at Massey Uni­ver­sity.

“I had thought if I got across this time, I could pack it away. Now I’ll have to swim around my PhD. I’m not looking at it as a fi­nal­ity. It’s not un­fin­ished busi­ness, it’s just the beginning.”

Cook Strait swims nor­mally take place be­tween Jan­uary and April when the wa­ter is at its warmest.

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