Quinn Boyle completes marathon swim of Lake Taupo
While the rest of us were enjoying our last week of the holidays, Quinn Boyle was literally swimming a marathon. He finally got to attempt the 42km solo swim of the length of Lake Taupo on Wednesday the 27th of January. Quinn had been in training for this event for the last year, and completed the swim in 13.46 hours, having to dig very deep mentally and physically, as he battled the sun and the cold lake water temperatures. He is now one of the youngest people to ever achieve this feat, both nationally and internationally and was supported by New Zealand swim coaches Philip Rush and Sheryl Mackay during his swim. Quinn has now been invited to swim in other marathon swim events for charity, such as the Westpac Helicopter 20km Auckland swim in March this year. Quinn set up a Givealittle page and personally fundraised a further $1000 for the Taupo event, which he will donate to HBHS, Otamarakau Primary School and the Cancer Society. In addition, Quinn also completed three other solo swims in 2020, ranging in length from 12 to 30km lengths, raising funds for victims of the White Island disaster and victims of the Australian bushfires last January. Quinn competed in the recent New Zealand Open Water Championships in January, finishing in 6th place overall and was the fastest 15 year old in New Zealand in the 10km event. We here at HBHS are so proud of these achievements, and we congratulate Quinn on these incredible efforts. Kia kaha, Quinn!