Sam Penny is the first person in history to attempt the English Channel swim in winter. Photo: Patrick Woods/Sunshine Coast Daily
Sam Penny is the first person in history to attempt the English Channel swim in winter. Photo: Patrick Woods/Sunshine Coast Daily

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.

>> SAM PENNY'S BID TO BE FIRST ENGLISH CHANNEL SWIMMER IN WINTER

Buderim swimmer Sam Penny has pulled out of his world record December English Channel swim after three hours in 10C water. Photo: Contributed Sam Penny
Buderim swimmer Sam Penny has pulled out of his world record December English Channel swim after three hours in 10C water. Photo: Contributed Sam Penny

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".

Unfortunately Sam Penny's swim has just been aborted. He is fine but just wasn't feeling it today! Amazing attempt Sam! Many wouldn't even step in the water at 10oC!

Posted by Channel Swimming Association on Wednesday, 4 December 2019

"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.

While he didn’t finish the “epic” swim, Sam Penny has still made history. Photo: Patrick Woods/Sunshine Coast Daily
While he didn’t finish the “epic” swim, Sam Penny has still made history. Photo: Patrick Woods/Sunshine Coast Daily

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.

I always knew that attempting the English Channel in December would be tough. Considering not one person had ever...

Posted by Sam Penny - Middle-aged bloke. But can swim good. on Wednesday, 4 December 2019