Tough Trio For Teenager, But Tired She Triumphs

Tough Trio For Teenager, But Tired She Triumphs

Varada Dharmadhikari started her week by swimming 10 km from Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay in South Africa in 13-14°C water in 3 hours 12 minutes. Four days later, she completed the 2.5 km Around The Rocks Extreme Swim and then completed an 18 km swim around Robben Island to Bloubergstrand.

I was amazed to witness her temperament,” Peter Bales, the chairman of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association.

[Varada] was cheerful all the time even during her struggle against the currents. I never have seen such kind of approach.”

The 16-year-old explained her mindset, “Jitendra Khasnis, my coach, told me don’t swim 18 km; instead assume that you are swimming set of 180 x 100 meters on 2 minutes. I used those tactics. The water was really cold and initially I was under great pressure, but my training at Clifton in 11°C (51.8°F) helped me a lot. I just had decided to keep swimming during the event and not to give up what so ever happens. [But] I was terrified to see dolphins and seals. They are harmless, but I could not stop myself thinking of sharks.

I achieved what I dreamt and worked hard for a long time. But its concluded now and I will surely miss it a lot. Now I feel I should go one step further, may be English Channel in the coming season.”

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