Alex is swimming in memory of his Mum

Wednesday, June 30 2021, 3:16PM

Alex is raising money to fight stroke in honor of his beloved mum, Cathy, who passed away from stroke in 2017 when she was only 46.

Cathy's stroke came out of the blue.

Alex says, “Stroke can impact and change many lives in the matter of days. One morning my mum was there like always and that night stroke hit her and I never got to speak to her again. I would love to help and support the Stroke Foundation in any way possible for her 50th birthday on the 8/7/21.

I plan to swim all day from 8am to 7pm as a challenge for me, my mum, all her loved ones, friends, and the Stroke Foundation. Any support for this challenge would be amazing and I encourage anyone to come swim along with me and cheer me on to try and swim 50km on the day to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Alex and his family

An avid swimmer, Alex has been swimming since he was 2 years old, and started competitive swimming at the age of 10. Throughout his swimming career, Cathy was always there attending swim meets, teaching him the discipline needed to compete and providing encouragement as his biggest fan. On the 8th of July 2021 Cathy would have turned 50. With his love of swimming and in memory of the support and motivation his mum provided, Alex decided to mark what would have been Cathy’s 50th birthday by swimming 50km. 

Alex has been training hard for his upcoming swim. However, in May he had the unfortunate accident of breaking his arm, sidelining him from the pool for 6 weeks. Determined, Alex will still be undertaking the swim as planned. Maybe he won’t hit the full 50km, however, he is determined to swim and this set back only makes the challenge that more meaningful to him.

Alex draws strength knowing that his mum is watching over him. He is inspired to keep going by the support he has received from his community, friends and family, and also others who have been affected by stroke.

Find out more about Alex's swim here.