Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School

Sophie's amazing swim

Sophie Ryan (Senior Infant and incoming Junior Infant Parent) is swimming across the English Channel from England to France on 6 July 2018 - provided the weather conditions are safe.
Sophie's amazing swim

There is something about swimming the English channel that captures the imagination and a parent from GBMDS is about to tackle this feat which is pretty amazing.

Below is an exerpt from Sophie's blog -

The Swim

More people have climbed Mount Everest than successfully completed this swim - it is an arduous task that I have set myself but I have worked incredibly hard to be ready. If you are interested in my training and my experiences throughout my training you can read my story on the blog on this site.

The distance is approximately 33 Kilometres point to point. In general swimmers swim between 35 and 40km.

I will have my own pilot boat, Louise Jane (like their facebook page to be able to track my swim on the day).

My pilot Andy King will navigate me through the waters, the shipping lanes and liaise with the French Coastguard. I am not allowed to touch the boat. The entire swim must be completely unaided, I am allowed to feed throughout my swim but this needs to happen quickly so I don't start to lose my position.

I will not be wearing a wetsuit. The water is cold 14-18C. There will be jellyfish.

The fastest swim is a little over 7 hours and the slowest nearly 27 hours I aim to come somewhere in between those times.

Sophie has kindly offered to make the school one of the causes that she is raising money for as part of the swim.

  • Griffith Barracks MDS - my children attend this fabulous school which is about to acquire the keys to its newly constructed building. They will have facilities that they have not previously had such as a sports hall, a library, a sensory room and a roof garden. I would really like to raise funds to help make these facilities the best they can be for both my children and a lot of local children that I know. More money for schools is better than less money for schools.

You can donate here:

Next Monday Sophie has kindly agreed to come in to talk to Rang 6 about her adventure. We would like to wish her luck on her inspiring endeavour. - Check out the other good causes that Sophie is supporting as part of the swim

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