samedi 29 juin 2013



1600 KM SUR 2 MOIS!!


The swim is around 1000 miles and will take Sean 2 months to complete.  Sean is hoping his swim will raise lots of money for charity.  Having been born in Zimbabwe, and now living between the UK and South Africa, saving the world’s rhino’s from sliding towards extinction is something Sean is passionate about and he has kindly agreed for Helping Rhinos to run a campaign in the name of his swim.
We will be posting updates from Sean’s team during the swim and Sean really hopes that you enjoy following his progress and are inspired to make a donation to help protect the world’s remaining rhinos.
The task Sean is undertaking is a massive one and will challenge his powers of endurance to the limit. Please don’t let him go through this for nothing.  Any donation you make to Helping Rhinos in the name of Sean’s swim will be put to good use in stopping the rhino slip towards extinction.  Once Sean has reached John O’Groats and had a few days to recover! he will choose which of the Helping Rhinos projects he would like your donations to go to.
We will also be catching up with Sean after the swim to find out all about his experience and will share his post swim story with you here.
In the meantime, below is a brief chat we had with Sean before he set out for Lands End and also a spoof David Beckham commercial that Sean recorded to help raise awareness of the rhino poaching crisis.

Interview with Sean
HELPING RHINOS: What drives you to undertake these challenges?
SEAN CONWAY: The fear of being average!  I plodded along through my 20′s and didn’t feel I was contributing to society.  I was miserable and I didn’t realise it.  I’ve enjoyed following other adventurers and never really thought I had it in me as I didn’t have the confidence.  Once I did one I realised  I can do it and I enjoy it.  I thrive on being cold, wet, hungry and tired.  I enjoy pushing myself.  I wouldn’t have it any other way!.  I have more reason to wake up in the morning now!
HR: How did you come up with the idea to swim the length of Britain?
SC: I don’t remember the exact moment.  I was trying to think of something that was harder than my round the world cycle – which was quite difficult to think of!    I wanted to do something in Britain as there is so much to see here.  I was writing my Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride book and thought ‘actually, I could swim it’.  It’s such an iconic route I couldn’t believe it has never been attempted before, which made me nervous.  So I contacted my swimming buddies and they said it was totally doable, and the excitement kicked in.  Being the first person is not the be all and end all, but it’s bloody cool!
HR: What are some of the main dangers you have identified associated with the swim?
SC: There are lots!  jelly fish, killer whales, rip tides, water on the lung (from breathing too much salty air), sea sickness, chafing from wet suits (once you break the layer of skin it is unlikely that will ever heal)
HR: How long to you expect the swim to take?
SC: It should take about 2 months.  I will be swimming the distance of the English Channel every day, 6 days week.  I will have Sunday’s off.  However, weather conditions may give us some challenges along the way and may force to have rest days when we weren’t planning to.  There will be days that are frustrating when I could make some progress but the support crew just won’t be able to take to the sea.
HR:How much training have you had to do?
SC: To be honest you get on fit on the swim its self.  It’s not a race so I don’t have to go mad with training. What I need to train for  is 2 main areas: to avoid injury early on and to to strengthen the muscles needed more for swimming, like the shoulders.  Then I also need to train to work out which part of your body chafes and aches – things like that.
HR: And you start on the 30th June right?
SC: Yes, we start on Sunday 30th June from Lands End
HR: In the past, you’ve made a David Beckham spoof advert to raise awareness of the the crisis facing the rhinos (watch the advert below), and you’ve kindly agreed for us to raise funds in the name of your swim, so what is it that draws you to want to help the rhinos?
SC: My Dad is a rhino conservationist, he’s been on rhino specialist committees for 30 years in South Africa so he’s a bit of a rhino guru.  I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa and the rhino is important to me because of my Dad.  When I was growing up protecting rhinos is just something we did as a family.  I love the bush and we must save the rhino.
HR: Thank you very much for your time Sean.  Good luck with the remaining preparation and then with the swim itself.  We look forward to keeping up to date with your progress and catching up with you after the swim.