Qualifying ocean swim tomorrow

May 04, 2018

Deniliquin's Brenda Norman will attempt to swim the English Channel next year.

Deniliquin’s Brenda Norman faces a six-hour qualifying swim tomorrow ahead of her English Channel attempt later this year.

The physical education teacher is set to tackle the 40km English Channel swim in about three months’ time.

Miss Norman has raised more than $46,000 since announcing she would attempt the gruelling swim as part of her Channel 4 Change charity.

The charity aims to raise funds and awareness for mental health in conjunction with Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group.

Miss Norman, 37, said she is quietly confident ahead of tomorrow’s qualification, having previously completed a six-hour ocean swim.

‘‘There are about 30 people who are doing their qualification swim on Saturday,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been swimming in water that has dropped back down to around 15 degrees recently, so my body is still acclimatising to it, but I’m still pretty confident.

‘‘This weekend is the cold water camp, with a two hour swim on Friday night (tonight), the six hour qualifier on Saturday and then a four hour swim on Sunday.

‘‘I’ve been trialling different medications and nutrition to overcome my sea sickness but unfortunately the ocean hasn’t been as rough to truly test whether they’re working.

‘‘Other than that everything is going well. My (training) volume is sneaking up to 50 kilometres a week and I’m still training at least six days a week in waters under 17 degrees.’’

Miss Norman will leave for England on July 23, before attempting her swim sometime between August 1 and 10.

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