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Epic swim for DUCT

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Epic swim for DUCT thumbnailGeorgia-Mai completed a 16 mile charity swim in South Africa simultaneously with Dalriada student Andrew Harris. SPB08-15

A BALLYMONEY student has recently completed a massive 16 mile charity swim helping raise 1600 for a charity working in deprived areas of South Africa.
As Dalriada student Andrew Harris was completing this epic feat at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, his good friend Georgia-Mai Ng-Yu-Tin was swimming exactly the same distance, thousands of miles away in South Africa.
Both he and Georgia- Mai, were raising money for a charity called DUCT working in Pietermaritzburg, Natal an area devastated by Aids/HIV.
Georgia-Mai completed the swim in open water as part of the Midmar Mile Swim festival, the largest open air swimming event in the world.
Andrew said: "I wanted the challenge and a wee opportunity to do something for other people. After 12k, I was busted, and I didn't think that I was going to be able to make the full 16 miles.
“I came out of the water and took a break. After that I just got a rhythm going and my confidence came back. I never looked back after that."
It took Andrew 7.5 hours to complete the 25,600 metres, 1024 lengths, over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (Feb 9, 10, 11) using only his arms due to a knee injury.
Though Georgia-Mai has lived in South Africa since she was four she and Andrew have remained good friends and keep in good contact and she still visits Ballymoney every year or two.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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