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Water skiing for Leukaemia

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Five-time world record skiing champion has successfully skied across Bass Strait from Tasmania to Melbourne.

Queenslander Brenton McGrath is in remission from leukaemia and planned to water ski accross the Bass Strait to raise awareness and funds for leukaemia research by breaking the world record time of 6 hours and 24 minutes.

Unfortunately, McGrath did not break the record, but he completed the trip in 7 hours and 28 minutes.

McGrath has already successfully fulfilled his dream of water skiing Adelaide’s Murray River (covering a distance of over 2,200km) and the Mississippi in the USA (over 3,000km).

Damien Bown of the Leukemia Foundation says the attempt has brought hope to many leukemia sufferers.

‘Seeing what Brenton’s doing really helps organisations like ours and patients and their families going through leukemia,’ he said. ‘It just gives us a real focus and a real desire to battle on’.

McGrath says he plans to retry to break the record in March next year.

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Posted On: 3 October, 2002
Modified On: 3 December, 2013

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