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Facing the fear: Water phobic Ironman contestant Daniel Ng with supporters Gilles Altner, Bruce Millar and Raewyn
Corser. Mr Ng learnt to swim in 2009 and completed the half Ironman in December 2011.
Photo: JOE DAWSON
Ironman conquers fear of
water to compete in Taupo
By JOE DAWSON
Daniel Ng has steered clear of
open water for most of his 45
His powerful fear of the deep
made even walking along a wharf
an uncomfortable experience.
So learning to swim was a con-
cept beyond the realms of the
possible until recently.
But Mr Ng made the decision to
change his life in 2009 by vowing
not only to learn to swim but to
swim in one of the toughest sport-
ing challenges going -- the Taupo
He will be testing his physical
limits when he joins 1500 other
athletes for the epic swim (3.8km),
cycle (180km) and run (42.2km)
on March 3.
He will also have to overcome
his deep-seated fear and swim
through the open waters of Lake
I got inspired when I worked
as a transition helper at the 2009
Ironman, helping people out of
their wetsuits and things like
that,'' the medical scientist from
East Tamaki says.
I wanted to do it but I didn't
know how to swim. I was just
scared of the water, even walking
along a wharf I wouldn't look at it
or touch it. Even going on a boat is
a bit of a problem.''
Mr Ng signed up for last year's
event before realising he was not
quite ready, physically or men-
I didn't understand how hard it
would be so I had to withdraw
which was terrible.''
He did manage the half
Ironman in December and is now
confident he can handle the big
He has been training six days a
week since March to ready him-
self for the gruelling event. The
running and cycling he can
Training for the swim has been
a bigger challenge, but one met
with the help of a backroom team
of supporters who have cajoled
Swimming coach Rebecca Clark
has helped him improve his tech-
He talks regularly with Raewyn
Corser after reading about her in
the motivational book Inspired
Novice to Ironman Finisher. She
also has a phobia of deep water.
And he swims with friends
Gilles Altner and Bruce Millar
several times a week.
It takes lots of discipline but if
you train with a mate it's a lot
easier, you don't want to let them
Mr Altner says urging him on
has had its difficulties.
It took three weeks of training
in the Pakuranga pool before Mr
Ng would swim the full length --
he used to turn around before
swimming into the deep end.
It takes so much energy for
him to fight the fear,'' Mr Altner
Both now swim weekly in the
Tamaki Estuary for open water
Mr Ng says he won't ever love
swimming but now has the tools
to help him fight that fear.
It's been an experience that has
had a profound effect on his whole
Open water is still daunting
but the swim is what I have to do
to finish the Ironman.
It's been quite a journey, I've
enjoyed the experience and there's
more to come.''
His message for others contem-
plating a similar challenge is
Don't doubt, go for it. Whether
I cross the finish line or not, I've
Young Kiwis gain work experience
Young Aucklanders are set to
benefit from a programme that
will provide work experience.
The Auckland Chamber of
Commerce will facilitate the pro-
gramme with Auckland Council
to supply work experience to
people aged 18 to 24.
The council has more than
8000 staff, 55 departments and
seven council-controlled com-
The opportunity for young
people to have exposure to the
multiple careers and work
environments within Auckland
Council and its networks is end-
less,'' chamber chief executive
Michael Barnett says.
He says the Work Experience
Programme will benefit Auck-
land's economy and New
However, this is only one
organisation and we challenge
businesses throughout Auckland
to make work experience avail-
able to our young people, to
ensure they are exposed to mul-
tiple work opportunities to make
meaningful career decisions.''
Mr Barnett says the pro-
gramme aims to provide a young
person with the opportunity to
try out their career of choice.
There is enormous value for a
young person in experiencing a
normal workday, gaining confi-
dence in the tasks and roles
involved in a career and spend-
ing time with managers and
mentors with real world experi-
ence, he says.
The young people will
initially come from two existing
youth employment programmes,
CadetMax and Limited Service
Social Development Minister
Paula Bennett says the ministry
is working with the chamber
and council to provide around
230 places this year.
Auckland Council has plans
for a dozen young people to start
this month, with 50 placements
over the first three months.
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