In September this year Perth local Mark Scanlon completed a massive journey across the English Channel to raise money for the National Stroke Foundation.
Mark is an independent open water swimmer, marine engineer, surfer and overall ocean man, lives in Perth and regularly swims Rottnest Channel.
After months of training in sometimes freezing conditions Mark, who set about to raise awareness of stroke after a close friend had a stroke at a young age, got to England and then had to wait at the Channel Trailer Park for almost three weeks waiting for clear skies and clear coasts. He completed his epic journey eventually – after a 2 am start, 4 hours of swimming in the dark and another five and a half hours in the choppy swell, finally arriving on the French Coast.
Only 10 per cent of attempts result in successful crossings with challenges Mark’s total swim time to cross 32–40 km was 9 hours 30 minutes, around 3 hours off the world record.
Mark’s efforts on behalf of the NSF are just amazing and we would like to thank this determined and courageous young man for raising awareness of our cause and raising much-needed funds.
If you are an athlete, daredevil or thrill-seeker maybe you would consider running your event on our behalf. Every dollar donated to the NSF goes towards easing the burden of stroke.
For about Marks efforts see his website.