Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thomas Pembroke Achieves The Oceans Seven

Courtesy of WOWSA, Cook Strait, New Zealand.

It is done.

Over the last five years, Thomas Pembroke has been determined to swim across channels around the world while helping to raise money for a variety of worthwhile causes.

Pembroke became the second Australian, the 13th person in history, and the youngest person to achieve the Oceans Seven with last Friday's crossing of the Cook Strait.

Over the course of his career, the personable 29-year-old Sydney resident and teacher has accomplished the following:

* July 2013: he completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France to 14 hours 59 minutes
* September 2015: he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 10 minutes as a fundraiser to benefit disabled children in Papua New Guinea
* June 2016: he completed a 45 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii in 15 hours 27 minutes which he swam to benefit Kiss Goodbye to MS
* June 2016: he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 12 hours 2 minutes with dolphins swimming around him
* June 2017: he completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 15 hours 19 minutes
* October 2017: he attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in northern Japan, starting on Honshu, but he was pulled after 11 hours 12 minutes before reaching his goal in Hokkaido
* May 2018: he completed a 14.4 km tandem crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Tarifa Island in Spain to Perejil Island in Morocco in 4 hours 18 minutes together with Marty Filipowski, Mark Mallison, and Victor Pineiro
* August 2018: he completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in northern Japan in 15 hours 1 minute
* December 2018: he completed a 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in New Zealand in 6 hours 57 minutes to complete the Oceans Seven

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