There’s been a blogging game going on for a while where you get ‘tagged’ and have to provide 5 things people don’t know about you. My online mate Dave tagged me, so here goes:
Couldn’t Speak, Couldn’t Swim & Faked Sickness
1. When I was a kid I had such a bad stutter that I couldn’t actually speak. I have 4 older brothers and my theory is they wouldn’t let me get a word in and I didn’t develop my vocal chords.
I finally started speaking when I was about 7.
2. I used to fake sickness to avoid getting out of school outings to the local swimming pool – I couldn’t swim a stroke, despite a heap of lessons. When I was 16 my mum thought I really needed to learn so paid for 1 on 1 lessons with Rosslyn Allardice at the Hobart Olympic Pool.
I now swim at least 2 kms every single day.
3. 10 years ago I was going to swim the English Channel. I had everything organised, down to my training and diet plan (2 years of training) and the boat booked to accompany me.
A year into my training I did a 20 km swim (the English Channel is 33 km) and was 100% certain I’d swim the Channel really easily.
So I stopped training because it wasn’t a challenge anymore. I didn’t swim another stroke for 7 years.
4. I loved being a male nurse for 12 years – caring for the sick and the dying can be incredibly rewarding.