About a week before my English Channel solo swim, I was already in Dover staying at the Channel swimming accommodation at Varne Ridge Holiday Park owned by David and Evelyn Frantzeskou (now fondly referred to as mum and dad). I prefer to train early, so I got up at 6am and went down to Dover Harbour and swam for an hour. Upon my return, I was standing by the Studio accommodation in the designated WiFi zone. This guy saunters down the driveway in just a pair of shorts! He introduces himself to me “hey, I’m Roger Finch, how you doing?”. We chatted for a bit and bumped into each other a few times over the next two days. Little did I know that I had just met someone who was not only going to be a dear friend of mine, but someone who has had a massive influence on my own swimming path.
Fast forward eight months to the Sunday evening I’m cooking the family dinner. My phone pinged with a message. It was Roger asking if I would help him crew for his friend Otto who was attempting an English Channel solo swim in September that year (2014). I didn’t even hesitate…I responded with a “yes I would love to be a part of Otto’s crew. I have to ask though, why me?”. Roger responded with “I just know that you’re the right girl for the job”. I was very nervous…I had never crewed before…! I arrived in Dover on Thursday 4 September. Roger and I picked up where we had left off 8 months earlier. I have finally met someone who can talk more than me!!