Jack Stands up to Cystic Fibrosis

Simon Shaw

Ex-Wycombe Swimmer’s Paddle Board Triumph

Ex-Wycombe swimmer Jack Cox recently joined 200 paddle boarders in an attempt to paddle from Bahamas to Florida in the ‘Crossing for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis’. Jack was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) at 18 months old.

The ‘Crossing for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis’ is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship race that takes paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland. The event was inspired because of the incredible health benefits of the Ocean for those living with CF, a life limiting lung disease. The event this year took place on 15th June, with over 200 paddlers and 80 support boats setting off from Bimini just after midnight.  The weather was particularly challenging for this year’s event, with a choppy sea, the first 5 hours in darkness and then the intense heat of the Florida sun increasing throughout the day.  There were also sharks along the way, with one paying particular interest to Jack’s board as he neared the coast of Florida!  Jack completed the crossing in just under 14hrs, showing incredible stamina (something he developed during the many hours of training in the Wycombe pool!).  Jack raised over £8000 for CF in the process but also hopes to raise the profile of CF and inspire others with disabilities to challenge themselves.  Jack was one of 10 paddlers with CF attempting either part or the whole of the crossing and was the only one to complete the marathon ordeal.

Jack’s charity giving page is still open at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/jacks-crossing-for-a-cure/jackcox3 and to celebrate his achievement the Club will be donating any prize money from our Open Water Club Championships at the Henley Mile on 14th July to Jack’s total. Please click on the link and read his truly inspiring story!