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Mater baby conquers Channel challenge

A Mater baby, born eight weeks premature at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in 1980, has conquered the infamous English Channel swim on his first attempt.

Twenty-nine year old Brad Andersen described the swim—from Shakespeare Bay in Dover, England to Wissant Bay in France—as the biggest challenge of his life.

Despite water temperatures of around 16 degrees and more than 400 ships using the Channel on average each day, Mr Anderson completed the 35 km journey in 10 hours and 34 minutes.

Mr Andersen’s father Norm said he and his wife, Marie, had continued to be amazed by their son’s achievements, particularly in light of his challenging start in life.

“We’d like to think that Brad’s story could give hope to other parents with premature babies who might be doing it tough and looking for some light at the end of the tunnel,” Mr Norm Andersen said.

Mr Andersen hopes to swim the Cook Straight in New Zealand later in 2010.

Brad Andersen celebrates the swim

Brad Andersen celebrates the swim.


Brad Andersen born 8 weeks premature at Mater Mothers’ Hospital swims the English Channel

Brad Andersen born 8 weeks premature at Mater Mothers’ Hospital swims the English Channel.

 

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