Coogee Lifesaver to Attempt English Channel Swim

Coogee SLSC Lifesaver Matt Fernandez will attempt to swim the English Channel in just under a month.

The 37 year old former gold medal winner at the National and World Surf Lifesaving Championships has been training rigorously for the ‘Everest’ of ocean swimming.

To complete the challenge Matt will need to spend approximately 12hrs in freezing cold water without a wetsuit, while dealing with rough seas and jelly fish for the 34km ordeal.

Trained by his brother Rob, of Coogee SLSC, Matt recently spent time at an intense ocean swimming camp in Melbourne where he spent over 8hrs in 15 degrees water to prepare for the English Channel temperatures.

“I think it will definitely push me to the absolute brink. Twelve hours in the water fighting currents, the cold, swallowing water, tiredness, muscle fatigue and the brain telling you it’s too hard, but these are the challenges that face me and I believe I am ready for them,” said Matt.

As a member of Coogee SLSC since 1990, Matt doesn’t believe he would be where he is today without the support of the surf club.

“The surf club (Coogee SLSC) has given me so much over the years in terms of opportunities to compete. The club has really created a supportive environment where I have been able to develop my skills and abilities as an athlete. They’ve really supported me from when I was a kid.”

Coogee SLSC is hosting a fundraising event for Matt and the charity he’s swimming for, Lifestart, on Friday 21st June.

Thu 20 Jun 2013