Outstanding marathon swimmer, Susie Maroney, who recently eclipsed a world record distance swim between Cuba and Florida will try to break a new time record for a swim from Merewether Beach in Newcastle to Darling Harbour this weekend.
Susie will dive into the water at Merewether Beach at 9 am this Saturday April 10 and will reach Darling Harbour early afternoon on Sunday April 11.
The 150 km swim from Merewether Beach to Darling Harbour is Susie’s first big ocean marathon since returning from America.
The proceeds of this marathon, sponsored by Bankstown District Sports Club and Blue Haven Pools and Spas, expected to raise over $40,000, will be donated to Rett Syndrome Research at the new Children’s Hospital Westmead.
Susie Maroney, who is Patron of the Rett Syndrome Association Research Fund said she is doing this swim for seven year old Rebecca Lillis, who Susie says captivates the fighting spirit of kiddies suffering from the devastating neurological disorder.
Cheques will be presented to Susie as she emerges from the water at Darling Harbour on Sunday. (Expected 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm)
Swimming day and night, Susie will be accompanied by seagoing kayak crews from the New South Wales Sea Kayak Club, navy commandos and between six to 10 boat crews from various lifesaving clubs from Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Note: Media may join accompanying vessel Gemma early in the trip, progressively during the trip or as the vessel comes through Sydney Heads en route to Darling Harbour.
Contact numbers for Susie prior to and during the swim include:
- Boat Captain John Alldritt
- Gemma, Media Boat, Captain Peter Verrils
- More about The New Childrens Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
- More about Rett Syndrome from the Rett Syndrome Association of Australia and the International Rett Syndrome Association. You can enquire with Janelle Lillis about making a donation for Rett Syndrome research
- More about Surf Life-Saving in Australia
- the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, who will tow Susie’s shark cage and provide support
- Some press clippings from Susie’s 1997 swim from Cuba to USA (also announcement by CNN)
- Susie’s ‘Round Manhattan swim in 1990
- An interview after Susie’s 1998 Mexico to Cuba swim and the CNN announcement
- More press on the Mexico to Cuba swim, and an interview after Susie meets Cuba’s President Castro
- Susie announces the Royal Life Saving Society’s Keep Watch campaign
- Susie’s official page has no data yet, but try again later.
… and to paddlers’ stories after the end of the event