Pool refilled to help Channel challenger

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It won’t be heated but that won’t bother brave English Channel challenger Brenda Norman.

Deniliquin’s 50m pool has been refilled in support of Miss Norman, who had planned to complete her July training schedule in Echuca because the local lap pool had already been drained ahead of a winter maintenance program.

Edward River Council general manager Adam McSwain said with the work not starting until August, council wanted to do what it could to support the Deniliquin High School PE teacher and her quest to conquer the gruelling swim.

‘‘Brenda has recently been informed that the pool in Echuca will close for most of July for essential maintenance during the important lead up to her taking on this challenge,’’ Mr McSwain said,.

‘‘Council recently emptied the pool to enable some inspections and investigations to be carried out to the pool structure. These investigations are now complete and the works to reline the pool will not commence until mid-August at the earliest.

‘‘Discussions took place with Deniliquin Outdoor Pools Inc. about the possibility of refilling the pool and providing Brenda with access for the next three to four weeks. It was agreed that this was feasible ... and this will enable Brenda to complete her training locally in the lead up to her English Channel crossing.’’

Miss Norman will leave for England on July 23, before attempting her swim sometime between August 1 and 10.

She is taking on the challenge to raise awareness of youth mental health issues within the community, founding the Channel4Change fundraising initiative.

All funds raised by Miss Norman support local initiatives through the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group (MHAG).