Grandmother swims New Zealand’s Cook Strait

March 21st, 2009 - 3:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, March 21 (DPA) Pam Dickson, a 55-year-old grandmother, has become the oldest person to swim the 26-km Cook Strait separating New Zealand’s North and South Islands, a media report said Saturday.
She completed the crossing from north to south Friday in nine hours and 23 minutes, Radio New Zealand reported.

Her guide, veteran Strait swimmer Philip Rush, said it was a “great effort” by the massage therapist and marathon runner at her first attempt on the notoriously tough stretch of water in gusty winds that made conditions difficult for her and the support crew.

The youngest swimmer to make the crossing was 11-year-old Indian Aditya Raut, who completed the swim in nine hours and nine minutes in February 2005.

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