Sam Penny makes history after ‘epic’ swim attempt
WHILE he didn't make it to France, Sunshine Coast swimmer Sam Penny has made history after he attempted to swim the English Channel this week.
The Buderim father-of-four and endurance athlete who gets called "mad", previously swam the channel in August 2018, during the UK's summer.
On Wednesday, Mr Penny pulled out of the swim after more than three hours in 10C water.
"I always knew that attempting the English Channel in December would be tough," he said.
"Considering not one person had every attempted it made it a completely unknown for my team and I."
After coming out the freezing cold water, Mr Penny said he was "totally exhausted".
"Cold and a massive wedgie pretty much sums up two of the experiences of this swim," he said.
"I have been totally exhausted today from (the swim). I was in search of my limit and I found it.
"Water temp of 10C and air of 6C. It was always going to be epic."
More than 1600 people have swum the English Channel since 1873, but no one has ever done it in December.
Mr Penny, who is still celebrating his record, has thanked his supporters for showing him the "human spirit is still alive".
As an ambassador for Just Like Jack, a not-for-profit that enables children with special needs to experience their own adventures, Mr Penny said his latest challenge was inspired by those kids.
"The smile on these kids' faces when they cross a finish line to a cheering crowd makes this swim very worth it for me," he said.