Crash victim defies odds to tackle Midmar

2011-02-09 00:00

NICK Whiting, a 21-year-old from Howick who became paraplegic after a motor accident last year, will defy the odds by taking part in the aQuellé Midmar Mile race on February 12.

“I don’t remember much about the accident. All I know is that I was driving back home on a straight road from Cape Town and the next thing I was in hospital. The accident is harder for my family than it is for me,” Whiting said.

He said his caregiver has motivated him to take part in the race and although he doesn’t really like swimming, he doesn’t enjoy sitting around doing nothing either.

Whiting has been training hard for the race with his legs supported by a SwimFin, an ingenious flotation device that teaches people how to swim. He has completed an unaided practice.

“I’ve always been active; I took part in sports and ran two kilometres daily, and I want people to know that I’m still the same person even after the accident,” he said.

Over 14 000 swimmers have entered this year’s race, the biggest open-water swim in the country.

Whiting said the race would be a challenge since he will be doing backstroke, but he is confident he will finish in record time.

“Life shouldn’t stop because you’re paralysed and people should carry on living no matter what,” he advised.

“And I hope that the big fish do not swallow me.”

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