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Continued from page 1. What’s notable about Breanna’s swim was how early in summer it was done – most people do not attempt it until February or March when the weather and water is typically at its warmest. “Cook Strait has always been a major dream of mine, but doing an Outward Bound course last year was what really kickstarted me into achieving it,” Breanna says. “I mentioned it at the end when we talked about goals that we wanted to go away and do. “Because of this, as well as the huge positive impact Outward Bound had on my life, I decided to make my Cook Strait swim a fundraiser for Outward Bound.” Breanna, who works as a lifeguard at Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre, has raised about $2300 so far, including proceeds from a public two-hour Swimathon at the centre on Sunday. “I raised about $1000 before the swim and then during the swim so many people were donating.” She says that was as much a factor in her motivation to succeed as was the personal aspiration. Despite being in the water for nearly a third of a day,

Breanna Ward approaches the Marlborough Sounds during her 29km swimming journey. PHOTO: Supplied

Breanna says at no point did she feel like giving up, having prepared throughout the year by swimming up to 65km a week. Throughout the winter she trained at the aquatic centre, which meant biking there and back in the dark to train before and after her shifts. Thereafter she transferred to the sea, at one point embarking on a five-hour-long 16km harbour swim which led to a damaged shoulder just a week before the big event. Prior to her training, the longest distance

she had continuously swum was just 3km. She says she will never forget the beach she landed at when she touched the South Island. “It was beautiful and overwhelming looking back towards the distant North Island and feeling the accumulation of a year of training, knowing I had done it.” She also credits support from family and friends who accompanied her by boat, including veteran Phil Rush who organises crossing attempts. While she is open to repeat-

ing the feat, Breanna says she now has other ideas for ultraswimming, including taking on the “really challenging” North Channel between Scotland and Ireland. She also plans to cycle around New Zealand with a friend and would like to run a marathon.  Breanna aims to raise $2500 for Outward Bound by the end of January. It will go to scholarships for people who wouldn’t be able to afford the course fees. To donate go to obchampion.everydayhero. com/nz/breannaward.

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Wellington City Council will today decide whether to proceed with a new Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is proposed the $154.3 million centre be developed on land the Council owns on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa. The building with 18,000 square metres of floor space will cater for conventions of up to 2200 people and the 1651

sqm exhibition area will attract international exhibitions. The City Strategy Committee was to vote on the centre this morning. “I’m strongly in favour of the centre and throwing my full support behind it,” says Mayor Justin Lester. “What is proposed is a stateof-the-art convention centre complemented by an exhibition

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