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Anniversary Reflections on Alex’s Extreme Swim

It’s one year today since I completed my extreme swim across Llyn Llydaw on Snowdon, on Saturday 29 January 2011. If you followed the swim at the time, you might remember that this was a 200m swim across open water that was just above freezing, where we had to break the ice to get the support boat and me into the water. Just to complete the picture, the air temperature was -2C and I was wearing only Speedos and a swimming cap. You can watch the video if you’d like to see what this was like.

 

I often think back to this day, since it represents what I consider to be one of the greatest achievements of my life. Through the generosity of our supporters – both individual and corporate (thanks to our friends at Napp Pharmaceuticals, Ernst & Young, and Co-operative Funeralcare) – we ultimately raised over £25,500 for the Children’s Heart Appeal, helping Birmingham Children’s Hospital reach their Appeal total of £2m for a state-of-the-art hybrid cardiac operating theatre.

 

I like to think of this swim, and everything that it achieved, as positive psychology in practice. You can share in the story of the swim, as well as the techniques that I applied and the lessons that I learned along the way. Find them in the Swimming for Sophie: A Story of Strengths, Resilience and Success download, available here.

 

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support, and especially the team who made it possible (you’ll meet them in the download).

 

I hope our achievements inspire you to do more than you believed was ever possible as well.

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