Doctors Adrift for a good cause

Doctors Adrift for a good cause

It seems that we live in a time where recognition requires extremity. Some 4,000 people have climbed Everest (ho hum), over 36,000 people ran the London Marathon last year (yawn), and 536 people have ventured into space.

Ok well that last one’s still a pretty exclusive club yet not nearly exclusive as the one junior doctors, Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner – otherwise known as Doctors Adrift –  hope to join in about three months time.

Welman and Faulkner, both 26-year-old medical doctors working in south London, are hoping to join the honour roll of intrepid adventurers who’ve made the journey across the Indian Ocean in a rowing boat, and all in the name of a good cause. The pair hopes to raise an impressive  £100,000 for Médecins sans Frontières – a global medical charity that provides much needed emergency medical care in areas affected by conflict, epidemics or natural disasters – in completion of the attempt.
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Westpac’s Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter – top 6 tips for a super safe Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim

Westpac’s Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter – top 6 tips for a super safe Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim

This year, the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim will see over 2,300 dedicated swimmers pit their endurance and team spirit against the temperamental stretch of water between Perth’s Cottesloe Beach and the ruggedly beautiful shores of Western Australia’s iconic Rottnest Island.

While swimmers are required to have their own support craft and crews, the event also receives plenty of support from the professionals – the employees and volunteers from Surf Life Saving WA. Far above, the dedicated team of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter will also support the swim.

An integral part of WA’s lifesaving efforts, the helicopter crew responds to many marine related emergencies every year. Exclusive to Karma Resorts, the team has volunteered to share their advice about how you can make your 2017 Rottnest Channel Swim a safe one.

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#1 Always hold a Safety Brief

Make sure you conduct a safety brief with everyone on board your boat.
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Open-water extreme – Swimmer Jeremy McClure’s amazing journey.

Open-water extreme – Swimmer Jeremy McClure’s amazing journey.

What makes a champion? Dedication? Yes, surely. Training? Of course. Yet for Jeremy McClure, four-time Australian Paralympian swimmer and Para-triathlete, it comes down to a state of mind.

“Whether you’re running, cycling, swimming – any form of endurance sport really – the single biggest thing to conquer is the mental aspect”, says McClure, speaking to Karma Resorts. It’s the day after Australia Day and we’ve managed to snag Jeremy for a quick chat about his latest achievement – an astonishing double open-water crossing between the mainland and the azure shores of Western Australia’s Rottnest Island.

Completing the attempt in just 14 hours and 8 minutes, McClure’s achievement makes him the first legally blind swimmer to conquer the 39.4-kilometre return journey.

McClure says the idea came about after completing his first Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim in 2015.

“My main event is the 100-metre backstroke, so I’ve always been a sprinter.
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Cancer Council’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim team all in for a good cause.

“Most times we’ve seen each other when we’re not wearing very much, but thanks to training we’ve finally seen what everyone looks like in clothes!” laughs Allison Hass, team leader of the Cancer Council of WA’s Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim team, as we chat about their involvement in the 2017 Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

As part of Karma Resort’s sponsorship of the event, the global luxury resorts brand donated a full team place to the Cancer Council of WA, helping to raise vital funds for cancer research and to support sufferers and their families.

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Allison says the team was lucky to be given the opportunity to fund-raise for a good cause, as they’ve seen the impact the disease can have firsthand.

Even before they joined together for the Karma Resorts Rottnest swim, the group had trained regularly together at the Perth City Swim Club.
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The swimming surgeon – A Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim story.

The swimming surgeon – A Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim story.

By day, Dieter Gebauer is Clinical Associated Professor and Head of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at Royal Perth Hospital. He’s a devoted and caring father and has also been nominated in the People’s Choice “40 under 40” for his work and singular entrepreneurial spirit in his field.

And that’s perhaps not even the most interesting thing about him. Associate Professor Gebauer is also well known in swimming circles as a multi-time winner of the world-famous Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.

“My father used to be a submariner back in World War II”, quips Gebauer over the phone from his office at Perth Royal Hospital, “so he really pushed swimming as something important to learn – he definitely got me started”.

“The Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim has a long history of medical professionals participating but I started competing from a very young age.
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