With less than a week left in the Starlight Super Swim, we caught up with ocean-loving Sophie Windle, 12, who has already achieved her goal of swimming 50km this month.
Miss Windle only started surf lifesaving and ocean swimming two years ago but has loved the feeling of being free in the ocean ever since.
“I started nippers late but I am so happy that I decided to start because I love it,” said Miss Windle.
“I love swimming in the ocean because it has a sense of fun and freedom to it.”
“I also love how the conditions are ever-changing, there is never one day the same, each day presents new challenges and I love that.”
Miss Windle has always loved the water, starting swimming at the age of six months and now swimming regularly with dreams of representing Australia in the 2032 Olympic Games.
“I love swimming and how it makes me feel,” said Miss Windle.
“It’s always a great feeling to push yourself during a training session and I love beating my times and trying to get PB’s (personal bests).”
“I also love the people that I have met and the friends I have made,”
“Everyone is so lovely and fun to be around in the swimming community.”
Miss Windle is in her final week of the Starlight Super Swim and signed up because she knows how much the Starlight Foundation helps sick kids after seeing a family friend go through brain cancer.
‘I saw the swim advertised while I was watching the National Open Water Championships in January and thought it was such an amazing cause to support and I wanted to help,” said Miss Windle.
“Because of my friend who had brain cancer I know how sick kids go through some really tough times and the Starlight Foundation really brings them joy and happiness to their lives when things are really tough.”
“It has felt great to hit my target distance and be so close to my fundraising target so close to the end.”
While Miss Windle has already achieved her goal of swimming 50km she is just shy of her fundraising target of $1200.
To find out more about the Starlight Super Swim and donate to Sophie’s goal click here.