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MT EVEREST OF SWIMS
Teenager trains for English Channel
Red Hill swimmer Ben Freeman prepares to tackle the rough sea between England and France.
Photo: Georgina Connery
Getting through your final year of
school can be tough enough, but
year 12 Narrabundah College
student Ben Freeman has added a
solo swim across the English
Channel to his list of goals
Few have successfully crossed
the frigid choppy waters between
England and France but that made
the challenge more appealing.
"More people have climbed
Mount Everest than swum the
English Channel," he said.
"It's renowned for being one of
the hardest open water swims you
can do. There's really just an elite
club of people who have completed
The tall 17-year-old from Red
Hill has been doing open water
events since he was nine years old.
He said the idea of giving
channel swimming a go took hold
when he was training as a youngster
in Queensland with Australian
swimmer Trent Grimsey, an
English Channel world
Freeman has completed several
10-kilometre and 15km open water
swims through his teenage years
around Australia and recently in
Hong Kong. The shortest distance
across the English Channel is
Freeman said there would be
plenty of challenges to contend
with for his scheduled endurance
swim in August.
"It's a swim across one of the
world's busiest shipping lanes," he
said. "There's waves and chop and
on top of that there are a lot
While a pilot boat will
accompany him, with a crew
providing encouragement and
sustenance, Freeman said his
top concern was the threat
On top of his rigorous training
regime in Canberra with coach Les
Barclay, Freeman will take part in a
cold water swim camp in Victoria
to prepare himself for hours of
swimming in temperatures of 12
and 13 degrees.
"The rule, in keeping with the
traditions of the first swimmers, is
that you have to do it in just togs,"
he said. "You have the options of
covering your body in wool fat
After he takes the plunge at the
English Channel in August, it will
be back to the books for the
teenager, who hopes to secure a
spot as a Royal Australian Air
Force cadet after he graduates.
Special needs school joins diversity coalition
The Woden School is the first
special needs school to register
as part of the ACT Safe
The Safe Schools Coalition
formally launched in the ACT
It calls on schools to commit
to creating safe and supportive
school environments for same-
sex attracted, intersex and
gender diverse people.
Pastoral care co-ordinator
Jarrod McGrath said diversity
was a core value and he was
pleased The Woden School
had joined the ranks with the
six other schools currently part
of the coalition.
"What I loved about the
program is the general
message about diversity and
accepting people,'' he said.
The Canberra Airport 2014 Master Plan,
prepared by Canberra Airport Pty Ltd, was
approved by the Hon Warren Truss MP,
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional
Development, on 16 January 2015.
For the time the plan is in force, copies of
the 2014 Master Plan are available to the
(free), from the Airport Management Office,
during normal office hours, located at:
2 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
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