In 9 hours and 3 minutes, Clare Payne achieved another personal goal by swimming in the 2011 Rottnest Channel Swim.
Clare Payne, a National Board Member of Life Education Australia, travelled from Sydney to Perth to compete in this unique Ocean Swimming Event on 26th February, 2011. The swim started on Cottesloe Beach at 5.30am and finished on Rottnest Island some 12 hours later.
Clare tackled this huge personal challenge to raise vital funds for Life Education Western Australia and Life Education Australia through sponsorship from friends, family and supporters and the financial support of the Macquarie Foundation.
The open water swim event was a distance of 19.7km in the Indian Ocean which has had a number of shark sightings over the summer. The event also passed through the busy shipping lane to the Port of Fremantle.
The Board, staff and supporters of Life Education WA congratulate Clare on her magnificent achievement and also the Macquarie Foundation for the financial support which will be used to educate primary school children of WA in living a healthy lifestyle and making the right choices when confronted with issues in relation to smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs.
The following is a message from Clare:
'Thank you so much for your donations and well wishes for the Rottnest Channel swim on the weekend. I’m glad to report that we made it and I’m back in one piece, albeit with some battle wounds.'
'Whilst the wind and swell were ok, we encountered a bit of a nasty current and lots and lots of stingers… but we stuck it out and made it in 9 hours, 3 minutes.. epic!'
'At this stage it looks like I have raised over 25k. This money will go a long way to assisting Life Education, particularly in WA where the money will assist with funding an educator to get out to the more remote areas. So thank you for your support and interest in my endeavours.'
The picture right shows Clare (blue top) before the start of the race.