Cambodian National Volleyball Team Coach Christian Zepp has once again cemented his position as a true sporting hero and an inspiration to all by swimming an outstanding 66km in support of the Pailin Frechen Lions – the equivalent of swimming the English Channel twice!
The CNVLD were the first to catch up with Coach Zepp, who won the hearts of the nation after guiding the Cambodian National Team to World # 3 at the 2007 WOVD Cambodia Volleyball World Cup, straight after his mammoth effort
“It’s been a tough weekend, but it was great. I don’t think I have ever done anything similar before… Even the Ironman in 2003 was a walk in the park compared to this competition! After all, I did 66km.
I had three goals – Swimming further than the 40.7km I did last year, doing more than 50km - which would have been good - and doing more than 60km - which would have been almost perfect! But after I realized that everything was going pretty “smoothly”, I decided on the spot to do 66km which is swimming the equivalent of the English Channel twice! So by the end, I swam from Calais (France) to Dover (Great Britain) - and back again!
Yesterday I was kind of devastated physically, but today I’m feeling a lot better. I knew what I was doing this for and it was worth it.
Through the swim, I raised some 800 EUR. Additionally, the Mayor of Frechen has agreed to provide an increased prize again in support of the sponsorship for the Pailin Frechen Lions.
I also won a voucher for 600Eur from a local electronics store - the same store who donated the voucher last year. Prior to the swim we talked about how to deal with the situation if I won the swim again, because they knew that I would want to donate the money again. The owner said that given the current economic climate, he could not afford to give 600Eur in cash because the voucher is worth 600EUR for goods. However, we decided that he would donate 300 EUR in cash, and donate an additional 300EUR voucher to the youngest participant in the competition. This was a perfect compromise as I am also the Youth Director in my local sports association and am pleased to honour the effort of local young athletes and encourage their participation in such an sporting event.
In addition, the organizers of the event donated a specific amount for every km swum overall by all participants which they donated to a local charity. So from this athletic achievement by many people, many less fortunate than us will benefit greatly.
So from my swim, I raised 1100EUR for the Pailin Frechen Lions not including what the Mayor of Frechen will donate on top. I know how much difference this makes to the CNVLD and their work in providing sporting opportunities for the athletes with a disability of Cambodia.
One thing I have learned this weekend: If you think you can’t go on - you can even push a little more!”
Christian Zepp – Athlete, Inspiration, Hero!