On Sunday, North Bondi lifesaver and marathon swimmer, Ned Wieland, 20, broke English Channel world record holder Chloë McCardel’s record for the most number of laps swum at Australia’s Iconic Bondi Beach to raise awareness for mental health.
Mr Wieland completed 62 laps (48km) of Bondi Beach from Ben Buckler (at the north end) to the Boot (next to Icebergs) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, raising $21,218 for the RUOK organisation.
“We’ve had such a tough two years with the ongoing lockdown and we’ve had some great people take their lives over the years,” Mr Wieland said.
“It’s nothing compared to what they have to go through so this is for them, for all you guys finding it tough.”
The monumental swim comes after Mr Wieland wanted to challenge himself and started preparing seven weeks ago.
“I thought I’ll just give myself a bit of a challenge, swim every morning, every afternoon, pump in about 65km a week.”
Mr Wieland is no stranger to marathon swimming after becoming the youngest Australian to complete the English Channel in 2017 at 16 years and 10 days old.
“I gave myself about two years prep for that, you know it was just kind of a dream since I was 12, I made it happen.”
Photos from @nedwieland