A WREXHAM student has just swum The Channel for charity – inside a gym!
Lindsay Morris, 16, who is studying for a sports diploma at Yale College in Wrexham, completed the same distance between Dover and Calais – about 21 miles – by swimming 1,416 lengths at the Total Fitness centre on Stansty Road.
The swim took her 13 hours over three days and the money she raised – £400 and rising – will go to the Aspire charity for spinal injuries.
Lindsay, a former North Wales 200m butterfly and 400m freestyle champion who works part-time as a receptionist at Total Fitness, had a special treat from her mum afterwards.
“I was really, really tired, and just wanted to drink lots of liquid, but the thing that I really enjoyed was the massage my mum paid for. I really needed that,” she said.
But even being a champion swimmer, Lindsay didn’t take the challenge for granted.
“I’d never swum anything like that distance before, so I put in several long-distance training sessions at Total Fitness beforehand,” said Lindsay, from Coedpoeth.
During the swim she was supported by her family and the staff at the centre.
“They were brilliant, the way they encouraged me from start to finish. I probably couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.
As well as being a star swimmer, Lindsay, who wants to be a physiotherapist when she leaves college, also enjoys playing football.
“I play up front for Newi Cefn Druids, which I really enjoy. I had to give up competitive swimming for Wrexham last year, but this achievement has given me the inspiration to get back into it again.”
Lindsay completed the swim doing the front-crawl in a roped off lane of the gym’s 25m pool.
Mike Tinston, manager of Total Fitness Wrexham, said: “It was an amazing feat by Lindsay and we are very proud of her. She’s a great kid.”