Ady Sarchet a.k.a. the “Sea Donkey” is scheduled to swim the Cook Strait – the 16 miles from the North Island to the South Island in New Zealand – weather permitting between 1 and 6 March 2020.
The Cook Strait is renowned for its chilly waters, its strong (and sometimes unpredictable) currents, its jelly-fish and its relatively common shark sightings.
If successful, Ady will join the 20 elite swimmers who, as at the date of posting, have conquered the Oceans Seven.
Ady is swimming to raise money for Guernsey Disability Swimming LBG (“GDS”) (Guernsey Charity Number CH496) in support of the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre’s “Poolpod Appeal”.
The Poolpod Appeal
Beau Sejour’s existing pool hoist (which is used to lift swimmers with mobility difficulties into and out of the pool) is coming to the end of its lifespan.
Rather than simply replace the existing pool hoist with an identical replacement, Beau Sejour would like to take advantage of a revolutionary technological advance – Poolpod.
Poolpod is a multi-award winning swimming pool lift which was developed for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and which is now transforming pool access.
Poolpod is an attractive option for swimmers with a wide range of mobility difficulties from disabled swimmers, swimmers with injuries and parents carrying babies and young children.
Poolpod can lower the demands on lifeguards’ time by offering a greater level of independence to swimmers.
A new Poolpod, supplied and fitted at Beau Sejour, together with two specialist wheelchairs enabling those with profound disabilities to access the pool for the first time and thus ensuring “Access for All”, will cost £28,000.