Thomas Pembroke On The Ability To Do More On WOWSA Live
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On August 29th 2013, Darren Miller completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 11 hours 16 minutes at the age of 30 to achieve the Oceans Seven. At the time, the American was the youngest person to do so.
But Australian swimmer Thomas Pembroke of Sydney was motivated to attempt a swim across the English Channel after watching a video of another channel swimmer. He combined that individual one-off personal goal during a year of study in England. After minimal training, he completed his first channel swim – and ultimately became the youngest person to complete the Oceans Seven.
Pembroke achieved the Oceans Seven at the age of 29 years 10 months and 6 days when he crossed the Cook Strait. He crossed the Oceans Seven channels over a 5 year 4 month 30 day period at the following ages:
1st channel: 24 years 5 months 7 days when he crossed the English Channel between England and France on July 15th 2013
2nd channel: 26 years 7 months when he crossed the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland on September 8th 2015
3rd channel: 27 years 4 months 14 days when he crossed the Molokai Channel in Hawaii on June 22nd 2016
4th channel: 27 years 4 months 21 days when he crossed the Catalina Channel in California on June 29th 2016
5th channel: 29 years 2 months 26 days when he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco on May 4th 2018
6th channel: 29 years 6 months 2 days when he crossed the Tsugaru Channel in Japan on August 10th 2018
7th channel: 29 years 10 months 6 days when he crossed the Cook Strait in New Zealand on December 14th 2018
Pembroke currently works in his family’s nursing home in Sydney, Australia where he benefits from learning from older people and listens to their life stories and life lessons. He compared his mindset during his channel swims to that of Ted Erikson, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Famer, who was and remains a deep thinker including during his swims and crossings:
After traveling the globe and swimming from northern Japan to Northern Ireland, from Molokai to Morocco, and meeting all kinds of local people who were supportive of his efforts, Pembroke had one clear opinion of a 5-star swim:
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