Swimmer squeezes in extra island for charity challenge

TARGET Anna Wardley prepares to swim round the temporary Nowhere Island, which has been towed to Weymouth for the Olympics. Picture: onEdition

TARGET Anna Wardley prepares to swim round the temporary Nowhere Island, which has been towed to Weymouth for the Olympics. Picture: onEdition

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SUPER swimmer Anna Wardley thought she would have to put her island swim challenge on hold when she was offered a job at the Olympic Games.

But now an island has quite literally come to her.

Anna, from Alverstoke in Gosport, is in the middle of an attempt to swim around five different islands.

Three of her island swims had to be postponed until next year after she was offered a job at the Olympic News Service.

But while working in Weymouth, she encountered a surprise sixth island.

Nowhere Island is a chunk of Arctic land exposed by a glacier on the Svalbard peninsula in Norway.

As part of an Olympic arts project, an artist called Alex Hartley has towed the island to the UK and is travelling with it around the coast.

And when she saw it had come to Weymouth, Anna couldn’t resist the chance to swim around it.

She said: ‘I thought that because of the Olympics I would have to put it all on hold but I have managed to find myself another island.

‘The whole idea was that I would have a break through the Olympics but I just couldn’t help myself.

‘It was fantastic and it was great fun.

‘It certainly wasn’t as challenging as some of my previous swims and it didn’t take so much time.

‘I was the first person to swim around it, so it was another first for me.’

It took Anna 8 minutes and 24 seconds to swim around the miniature island.

Last month, Anna became the first person recognised by the British Long Distance Swimming Association to complete a solo swim around Portsea Island.

She also swam around the uninhabited island of Dragonera, in Mallorca.

Anna is swimming a total of 150 miles around different islands to raise funds for the Samaritans, Toe in the Water and Sail Africa.

She will carry on with the rest of her island swims next year.

For more information or to donate to the fund, visit 
annawardley.com.

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