UK extreme swimmer set to take on Midmar

2011-02-07 00:00

THE 35-year-old British swimmer extraordinaire and fundraiser, Anna Wardley, will tackle the Midmar Mile due to be raced on February 13. Wardley is raising funds for Sail Africa, a Durban-based organisation that aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth through sailing.

“I strive to restore hope and I started doing lots of crazy swims around the world to raise a lot of money for charities and I believe that craziness raises the bar,” she said.

Wardley completed five extreme swims in and around Europe over two years. They included the Annual World Ice Swimming Championships in Finland, the 21-mile British Long Distances Swimming Association Double Windermere Race, Hellespont Race, which took her from Europe to Asia, and the Gibraltar Straits from Spain to Morocco.

She has raised over R135 000 for Sail Africa over the past two years alone.

“I competed against a field of over 600 international swimmers and the water temperature hovered around zero degrees …” she said of the Ice Swimming Championships in 2009.

There is a lot of preparation that takes place physically and mentally before every race, she said. “I tell myself to keep going and don’t give up”.

The extraordinairy swimmer, who is already in South Africa, will also be honoured by Sail Africa by naming their new L34 yacht “Spirit of Anna Wardley”. “I’m so touched that a boat will be given my name and I hope my approach to life will rub off on to everyone who sails,” she said.

Wardley is looking forward to swimming in warm waters in the Midmar Mile race.

“I am built for endurance and I believe I will able to do the mile comfortably,” she added.




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