MARATHON EFFORT: Georgia Quinn will be swimming 2.2km of butterfly at Byron Bay in May as a fundraiser for research into a rare cancer.
MARATHON EFFORT: Georgia Quinn will be swimming 2.2km of butterfly at Byron Bay in May as a fundraiser for research into a rare cancer. Graham Broadhead

Young woman faces toughest swim yet

BALLINA'S Georgia Quinn has chosen the hardest stroke for a marathon fundraising swim on May 3.

She will swim 2.2km of butterfly in the ocean from Wategos Beach at Byron Bay to raise money for research into a rare form of cancer.

But it's easy to understand the 21-year-old Southern Cross University student's motivation in undertaking this gruelling challenge when a friend of her family, Ballina butcher Troy Daley, is tackling a far greater challenge.

Troy was last year diagnosed with the rare Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) which, according to the Leukaemia Foundation, is a "relatively uncommon type of lymphoma, accounting for approximately 5-10% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas".

 

It is more common in men aged over 60 - but Troy is under 40 with two children.

Georgia, who is the daughter of local swimming instructor Francis Quinn, has known Troy since she was young. He trained with her dad.

She said hearing of Troy's diagnosis was a "big shock".

"We've got to get behind MCL and get more information," she said.

Also, last year, Francis gave Georgia a challenge.

"Dad said last year that I couldn't swim 2km of butterfly so I trained and trained and I swam 2km," she said.

"It was being told that I couldn't do it that egged me on."

That got her hooked on the stroke that she previously struggled to swim over more than 50m.

She has since February been training at Ballina pool for an hour in the morning and again in the afternoon, clocking up about 15km of butterfly each week.

She said the trick with butterfly was to have a good technique and good glide, particularly to complete such a long distance.

Georgia hopes to complete her swim in under 50 minutes.