Mildura Weekly : Friday August 26 Vol 10 No 42
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By ADAM LUITJES MILDURA’S Leonie Webb is expect- ing to face many mental and physi- cal challenges when she attempts to swim the English Channel next month. Swimming in a team of four, the 51-year-old will live a lifelong dream when she tackles the 33 ki- lometre journey from Dover (Eng- land) to Cap Gris Nez (France). Along with freezing cold water, the dental nurse will have to con- tend with super strong tides, all while navigating through a heavily trafficked shipping lane! Not allowed to wear a wetsuit, Leonie has put on 10 kilograms for ‘insulation,’ while her training re- gime has included 16 kilometres a week swimming and long distance walks. A member of the Channel Swimming Association, Leonie was required to pass a cold water swim (sub-15 degrees), fitness and medi- cal test, before being officially reg- istered for the swim. Unable to swim the English Channel when she first qualified fortheeventin2002–duetoa shoulder injury – Leonie thought she would never get to attempt the feat, until she contacted accom- plished Channel coach Chloe Mc- Cardel. “Eighteen months ago I read a Masters swimming article on Chloe, who organises teams of people who want the (Channel) experience,” Leonie said. “She lives in Melbourne and has done 17 sin- gle Channel crossings, two doubles and a triple. “She’s 31-years-old and is just amazing!” An accomplished open water swimmer, Leonie has completed the Rottnest Channel (Western Australia) twice, but says she’s al- ways dreamed of completing the English Channel. “For marathon runners it’s the New York marathon, for triathlons it’s the Hawaiian Iron Man and for swimming it’s the Channel,” Leonie said. “For marathon swim- mers it’s the pinnacle, I tell people I have swum Rottnest and it’s not on their radar.” Having spent months prepar- ing herself for the gruelling swim, Leonie is expecting to be tested mentally and physically during the multiple-hour event. “The biggest challenges will be whether it’s day or night, because they may send us off at 6pm,” she said. “That means the whole swim will be in the dark and you won’t see England or France, you’ll just be swimming. “The water temperature is going to be between 14 and 16 degrees, and for me the biggest issue will be the temperature.” For a team of swimmers the Channel can take between 12 and 14 hours to complete, but Leonie says just finishing the swim would be a great accomplishment. “I imagine I’ll feel emotionally a whole lot better than when I start- ed!” she said. • BIG TEST: Mildura’s Leonie Webb is attempting to swim the English Channel next month. Channel challenge beckons our Leonie FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 4:30PM 7:30PM 348 ONTARIO AVENUE, MILDURA UNTIL RANFURLY PRIMARY SCHOOL RANFURLY PRIMARY FOOD TRUCK FOOD TRUCK ¢8 Fast Food Delicious Foodies Market Foodies Market TWILIGHT AMERICAN VINTAGE CAR CLUB LOCAL BAND ‘UNCHAINED’ PLAYGROUNDS JUMPING CASTLES FACE PAINTING PAELLA BY ENJOY CATERING GOURMET JAFFLES BY JAFFLED SUNRAYSIA BAKED POTATOES MALLEE BURGER CHINTA RIA LOW CARBON FOODS BOOTH OPEN FOR BEER, WINE + CIDER If ya love ya food then get INTAGE CAR CLUB family fun entertainment FATHER’S DAY STALLS ove ya food thheenn ggeettt along to the Foodies Market PLUS MORE STALLS INCLUDING MERBEIN FOOTBALL CLUB, ROTARY BBQ, AFGHANI FOOD, MALLEE BURGER, CUPPA 4 YOU, ICE CREAMERY, FRUITTI JUICE, PARENTS’ CLUB CAKES, DAPARA PANCAKES, SARAH’S PETITE TREATS PLUS TAE KWON DO DEMONSTRATION, HENNA ART, RUSTIC FURNITURE, BOWS AND FRILLS, PURE OLIVE OIL AND MORE!
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