Amy Wyatt, a member of Everybody Sport and Recreation’s Talented Athlete Support Scheme, relay swam the English Channel alongside 5 others to raise money for St James’ Place in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Amy has been swimming for over 10 years despite only being 17 years old, and is very committed to her training schedule and teaching at Alsager Brigdestone Swimming Club. She was introduced to open water swimming in 2011 and has since competed in several open water competitions. At one competiton Amy met Uswim Dover Souls who invited her to join their relay team and swim the Channel.
Amy jumped at the chance of challenging herself to swim the Channel and began training immediately. She took part in Polar Swims and Night Swims in water under reching temperatures as cold as 4 degrees. The swimmers also made sure that they experienced open water jellyfish stings to get used to the feeling in case they were stung during the Channel relay.
Amy was the last in the relay of swimmers and finished their relay by touching the French rocks. As a team it took them 12 hours and 57 minutes to complete the relay, they swam over 21 miles and raised a brilliant £4000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Amy describes her experience as, “fantastic for both my personal development and my progress as a swimmer”. She went on to comment, “I would urge other swimmers to challenge themselves like we did. You don’t even have to be that stong of a swimmer, you just have to have the will to keep going.”
A big congratulations to Amy and the whole team!
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