Bryan sets medal goal

Bryan Williams is taking part in the World Transplant Games in South Africa this week. Picture: Elle Borgward d404784
Bryan Williams is taking part in the World Transplant Games in South Africa this week. Picture: Elle Borgward d404784

The Coogee resident has lived through rhabdomyosarcoma of the abdomen, avascular necrosis and heart failure, but the challenges have only made the environmental engineer stronger.

After finishing this year’s Rottnest Channel Swim solo, Mr Williams ” who received a $2000 grant from the City of Cockburn to help pay for the trip ” was confident he could bring home a medal. He will contest the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, plus any team relays.

Fortunately, he will be swimming laps of the pool, safe from the white pointers notorious for lurking along Durban’s coastline.

‘Quite often I will get people saying they are inspired by what I am doing and that they are looking, themselves, to set goals. That makes it all worthwhile,’ he said.

‘I was on death’s door. I am indebted to my donor and the donor’s family and that is why I try to spread the message and raise awareness.

‘A lot of people set goals that they don’t always reach, so I try and demonstrate perseverance and show that you can achieve anything.’

Trench Health and Fitness’s managing director Peter Trench said Bryan set the perfect example for others to follow.

‘Bryan is an extremely self motivated person,’ he said.

‘His positive attitude, together with being one of our most consistent swimmers, contributes to him achieving his swimming goals.’