James Heslington, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson & Sarah Redman
James Heslington, 20 year old Geology student, has started his training to swim the channel for the Waveproject Charity. The Waveproject is a Cornwall based charity that helps young people combat anxiety and depression through the love of surfing. James has previously volunteered for the charity in St Ives.
James is already a confident swimmer and has been swimming for the majority of his life as well as participating in a number of other watersports and is a keen surger. He used to compete at a national level for surf lifesaving with Bournemouth Lifeguard Corps and Branksome Chine SLSC.
Inspired by friends who have ruun marathons and riden from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, James wanted to undertake a large sporting achievement as part of his thirs year at university. Only 53 swimmers ompleted the swim in 2015, overall less swimmers completed the challenge than the number of people who have climed Mount Everest.
Completing this challenge will require a large amount of training and preparation! At the moment James trains most days of the week. At the end of October he aims to complete a four hour swim before the water gets too cold. He will also participate in training races throughout next season, including the Dart 10k and the Great North Swim.
Amanda, FXU President Student Experience, said “anyone who undertakes this type of fundraising challenge deserves recognition just for the planning of the event alone! Everyone at FXU will be following James’ progress throughout the year and wishes him the best of luck with the swim!”
Hannah, FXU RAD Society President was just as impressed and wanted to ensure that all students who are undertaking any form of fundraising challenge kept FXU RAD in the loop so that they can continue to total up all student fundraising every year.
James will swim the Channel next September with Andy Kind on board the Louis Jane. The boat costs £3,000.00, making the challenge a significant financial investment as well as a physical one as he will need to maintain a swim pace of 4,000 m/hour.
To keep up-to-date with James’ progress follow him on social media sites; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/James-Heslington1996
Xander Ettling Media is also producing a short film focusing on James’ journey. With an insight into the charity, personal aspects, training and any companies who have helped/sponsored him.