Sen­sa­tional ef­fort for 10 in a row

BREN­DAN Neil is made of sterner stuff than most and for 10 days this month has needed ev­ery ounce of it.

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On Satur­day morn­ing he com­pleted 111kms of swim­ming, stretched over 10 arduous days.

About 100 stu­dents from Cur­rimundi and Nam­bour spe­cial schools were there to cheer him into shore on Thurs­day morn­ing, ready with high fives and thanks.

But the fol­low­ing day, day nine, saw him greeted with some of the tough­est con­di­tions of the chal­lenge.

“We turned south and it (the waves) was con­stant, just bang, bang,” he said.

“Nor­mally we stop af­ter about 45 min­utes and have some­thing to eat and the Is­land was still there. “It was tough like day one.” Neil un­der­took the swim with lim­ited train­ing, but it was the greater cause and in­spir­ing his own kids which were among his mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors.

See­ing the kids wel­com­ing him to the beach at Mooloolaba en­sured it was all worth­while.

“I’m do­ing this for a pur­pose be­yond my­self, and this is it,” Neil said.

“We don’t re­alise how tricky it is for some of their parents.”

Al­ready, he has per­son­ally raised more than $5000 for schools and, sur­pris­ingly, isn’t strug­gling as much as most pre­dicted.

“I ac­tu­ally think I will miss it and the rou­tine,” he said.

“Hon­estly, all the en­cour­age­ment I’ve got makes it easy.”

Along the way the fa­ther-of-two has shared the wa­ter with a cruise liner and wit­nessed na­ture at its most spec­tac­u­lar.

When­ever the go­ing did get ex­haust­ing, his thoughts quickly turned to the fam­i­lies.

Cur­rimundi Spe­cial School prin­ci­pal Al­wyn Green was there to watch him come in.

“To do this just shows how big his heart is,” Mr Green said.

“We see a lot of peo­ple chal­lenge them­selves but this is mas­sive. It is a long way to do that many times.

“I ac­tu­ally can’t be­lieve any­one is do­ing it, it is such a mas­sive ef­fort.”

For those keen to tackle the Is­land Char­ity Swim ( just once), next year’s event will be staged on May 11.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

MAS­SIVE EF­FORT: Bren­dan Neil, who com­pleted 10 swims from Mud­jimba to Mooloolaba in a row, with stu­dents from Cur­rimundi and Nam­bour spe­cial schools.

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