Cross channel swim success

Davinia Latchana-Rees, who completed a cross channel swim for charity.
Davinia Latchana-Rees, who completed a cross channel swim for charity.
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A WOMAN spotted training in the DW Gym in Morecambe for a cross channel swim has completed her feat.

Davinia Latchana-Rees, 28, finished her swim in 17 hours and ten minutes.

She said: “To swim the Channel has been a dream of mine for a long time.

“I swam in Lake Windermere, Salford Quays and Morecambe to train and get used to the cold water.

“During the swim I was so cold so to take my mind off this, I imagined being in a tropical country sunning myself having coconut juice.

“Over the hours that followed I sang a few of The Kinks, White Stripes, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and a few songs from Vinyl Black Stilettos.

“When I got near to shore I was told to keep swimming as the crew could not go any further and I was to go to the dry sand, stand up and put my arms up.

“I got to shore only to realise that my legs would not take my weight!

“I crawled up the beach and when I got to the dry sand I stood up but my legs were so tired, I fell over.

“I then stood up again only to stumble on my third attempt. I stood up and raised my arms up and officially finished my swim.

“I was on French soil!

“After the swim, I went to the doctors for a check up and I have a full face and eyes infection which makes me look like I have done ten rounds with Mike Tyson.

“I have a throat and chest infection and burns from the friction of swimming so long.

“My neck and under my arms are bleeding and I have blunt injuries on both my arms and shoulders.

“I couldn’t be happier though. I am now planning a harder challenge.”

“I would appreciate if people can donate on my fundraising page uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davinialatchana-rees.

“I would also like to thank everyone for the support they have showed me.”

Davinia is raising money for the RNLI and RAPID UK, which sends volunteers to disaster zones to help countries in need.