“You just don’t know what you’re going to get because you’ve got currents and tides that could take you anywhere,” she stated.
Oldham said she struggled for five to six hours to get her stroke right and her throat began causing her discomfort along with a blocked nose and a sore right shoulder.
“But I would never stop, I would never give up, ever,” she added.
Her Perth trainer Pauline Pratt and fellow Perth endurance swimmer Selwyn Jellie were on the support boat encouraging her.
She was covered in grease and vaseline for the swim and was passed food and water by a pole because once in the water she could not touch the boat or be touched by anyone until the finish.
Oldham said that after the swim she thought she would “hang up her bathers and goggles and retire gracefully”, but after a glass of champagne she thought she might still give the channel another go.
If half of all Australians had an 1/8 of Mrs Oldhams spirit……..we can only dream.