Solar Choice Commercial Tenders Manager Iain McGregor has been gearing up over the past six 6 months in preparation for a swim across the English Channel, to take place between 21 and 25 August, 2011, depending on weather conditions. He expects the crossing to span anywhere from 35-40 kilometers and take between 12-16 hours, depending on currents and tides.
His decision to span the icy waters, which has inspired Solar Choice staff, yesterday earned him an impressive photo shoot in the Manly Daily.
“Life certainly shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage, and this bold venture befits your approach to life generally, and the pioneering drive by which you take on the Australian solar industry,” said Angus Gemmell, Solar Choice Managing Director, about Iain’s challenge.
In a disclaimer about the photos, McGregor commented, “Please note I had to bulk up for this swim and the extra weight will keep me warm in the cold channel waters.”
His plan to cross the waters are not merely for the sake of self-challenge; his swim will raise funds and awareness for the Fragile X Association of Australia, a not-for profit organisation that supports people with fragile X syndrom and their families.
There will be no goodbye drinks for Iain, who is under a strict training regimen that prohibits him from drinking alcohol. Instead, the celebrations will have to take place upon his triumphant return.
In the meantime, the Solar Choice staff will certainly feel his absence from the office.
Written by James Martin
© 2011 Solar Choice Pty Ltd
He is now the communications manager for energy technology startup SwitchDin, but remains an occasional contributor to the Solar Choice blog.
James lives in Newcastle in a house with a weird solar system.
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