After conquering the English Channel in a respectable 13 hours and 19 minutes, Dean Summers has set his sights on the Triple Crown.
In addition to the English Channel, Summers must now undergo the challenge of a crossing between Catalina and the Californian coast and a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island within a month of each other.
When he’s not training for these challenges, Summers’ day job consists of looking after some of the world’s most invisible and exploited people – international seafarers – via his role as International Transport Workers’ Federation coordinator.
He has dedicated the majority of his working life to looking after maritime workers and once he embarked upon the swimming challenges it was obvious to him where he should direct any charitable funds raised.
As a result, last year, he raised almost AU$25,000 for Hunterlink, a service which looks after the mental wellbeing of international seafarers when they call into Australian ports.
Now Summers is determined to smash his fundraising effort and be able to claim the Triple Crown.