Wayne Soutter – Our Man of the Year

31 12 2012

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“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”

In congratulating Wayne Soutter who finished third in the 2012 International the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has described the South African as our “Man of the Year”.

 “Very early in his preparations, Wayne became a good friend of Ballycastle and in particular the volunteers who make up the local Community Rescue Service.  So impressed was Wayne with the concept and value of the Community Rescue Service that he dedicated all his efforts to their cause.”

I have no doubt that these friendships will endure and that Ballycastle will feature in future “Soutter projects”

 “Wayne has been an inspiration to us all, his display of courage and determination, as he swam through hundreds of jellyfish, endured unimaginable physical pain and tackled six feet high waves –  as he became the first person ever to swim from the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to the North Antrim coast impacted on us all”.

 The swim is one of the most treacherous and volatile stretches of water in the world and despite several attempts, no-one had managed to complete it, not until Wayne.

See video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOvuh6e5ec&feature=autoshare