SUCCESSFUL OCEAN SWIM TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Surf Industry provides plenty of support
Last month we reported on Vincent Kennard-Davis from Folklore Skateboards participating in the Cottesloe to Rottnest Island Ocean swim as a fund raising venture for the Cancer Research program at the Australian National University. That story generated a lot of support from the Australian surf industry and so far Vincent has raised over $35,000.
“I’d like to thank all those who generously donated to the Australian national University Cancer Research Team,” said Vincent.
The swim was held on Saturday the 27th February in ideal conditions with very little wind, a small swell but in 38 degrees of heat. This iconic event is well supported with about 300 individual swimmers and 600 teams made up of 2 or 4 swimmers.
“This was the first year they have introduced a premier event called the Champions of the Channel which I was one of 34 individual and teams invited to participate. This was a real honour,” said Vincent.
Vincent’s time was 5 hours 19 minutes and 38 seconds, and he placed, 14th in the Champion of the Channel solos and 22nd overall,
“It was a little slower than expected,” he said, “but still a pretty good result for a 53-year-old. I’d like to thank everyone for their support for my personal challenge to swim the 20km from Cottesloe to Rottnest in memory of lost friends and family to Cancer and those going through the challenge.”