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12 May - Susie Maroney's greatest feats.

Unread postPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 6:28 pm
by Max ADU
Today in Australian History
10th May 1997

Susie Maroney become the first person to swim
the Florida Straits from Cuba to the United States.

Cuban Swim
Maroney swam for 24 1/2 hours inside a 28-by-8-foot cage for protection from sharks before climbing out of the surf at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in the Florida Keys

Maroney battled nausea, stinging jellyfish, high seas and hallucinations of monkeys. Emerging out of the water Maroney was badly sunburned and covered with welts from jellyfish stings. Maroney’s tongue was swollen from the salt water.

The distance swam was 180 km (118 miles) from Cuba to Florida.

4 ½ hours after Ms. Maroney, 22, finished, she fainted on live television while talking to reporters on the beach.

Susie said
'It was the best feeling in the world, ... 'I was so glad to touch sand. Definitely, your dreams can come true. So many times you think, 'I just don't want to keep going.'

Susie Maroney's team said she was the first person to swim the Florida Straits from Cuba to the Keys, a claim that was disputed before she even reached land.

The Way to Fame
Maroney was born with cerebral palsy. She initially kept her condition secret, till 2007. Maroney she and her mother Pauline revealed Maroney condition on the TV talk show Enough Rope.

She was four years old when she started swimming, and by the time she was seven years old she was competing in swimming carnivals. After turning 13 years old she came to realise that she could do long swims. After failing to graduate from high school she pursued her vocation.

In 1989, she was first recognised as a long-distance swimmer in 1989 when she achieved third place in the Australian Marathon Swimming Championship for Women, aged 14.

• In 1990, the first person to swim from Manly, New South Wales to Darling Harbour and back again in seven hours.
• Broke the speed record for swimming the English Channel, with the help of her mentor Des Renford. (an Australian long distance swimmer who swam theEnglish Channel 19 times from 19 attempts. )
• Three time winner of the Manhattan Island swim race in years 1991, 1992 and 1994.
• Fastest female two way English Channel Crossing (England/France/England) in 1991 at age 17 in time of 17 h 14 min.
• At age 22, the first person to swim the 180 km (110 mi) Florida Straits from Cuba to the United States (12 May 1997).
• Swam a record 197 km (122 mi) from Mexico to Cuba, covering the longest distance ever swum without flippers in open sea, in 38 hours and 33 minutes (1 June 1998).
• Completed 160 km swim from Jamaica to Cuba (15 September 1999).

Honours and awards
• In 1989, 1990 and 1991, Maroney was awarded the Advance Australia Award.
• In 1991, awarded the Channel 10 Young Achievers Sport Award
• In 1993, the Order of Australia Medal.
• In 1996 she was awarded the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year, by the Asthma Foundation.
• In 1997She also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the New South Wales Government.
• In 1997 she was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for her accomplishments.

Maroney retires
In 1999, Maroney was admitted to hospital after suffering a severe asthma attack following a 675 lap swim for charity.

Shortly after that she was arrested for driving under the influence, and although the charge was upheld, no conviction was recorded.

She later admitted she had suffered a mental breakdown at that time, and was treated for exhaustion.

She retired from swimming on 23 February 2003, officially ending her career by swimming from the Sydney Opera House to Manly.

Re: 12 May - Susie Maroney's greatest feats.

Unread postPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:08 pm
by Max ADU