MONTHS of planning culminated in a standing ovation yesterday as teenage athlete and cancer patient Jordan Hart brought home a new world record.
Planning to smash the 10,000m relay world record, Jordan and 99 other athletes came together at the Pizzey Park Sporting Complex along with hundreds of friends and family who simply wanted to show their support.
Ironwoman Courtney Hancock was among the star athletes who took part and said seeing Jordan swim his 100m leg was truly inspirational.
”It is excellent that he can get in the water and be fit and healthy … it really shows that being fit and healthy can help you conquer anything,” she said.
Looking at the crowd lining the edges of the pool Hancock said she wasn’t surprised at the number of people who had come along to show their support.
”He is such a lovely kid and a great athlete and it is great to be able to support him. He is just one of those people who gets along with everybody,” she said.
Inspired by Jordan’s effort 59-year-old Olympian Bruce Featherston dug out his Speedos to show his support, but said getting back in the pool hadn’t been easy.
”It was difficult. I had a few swims in the last week but other than I have probably only swum once in the last two months,” he said.
”Hearing that Jordan was going to get in and swim is why I came along to support him.”
The record to beat was one hour and 53 minutes set by Germany in 2008, but the time proved an easy challenge with the 100-strong team beating it by an incredibly 15 minutes and 20 seconds.