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Ned Wieland wins Young Conversation Champion Prize

From Maryanne Larkin

Ned successfully completed the English Channel swim (34km) in 2017 before taking on the Catalina Channel (38km) and the Manhattan Island (42km) in 2018. He is the youngest male to ever achieve this ‘Triple Crown’ of open water swimming. Ned completed these swims in support of R U OK? raising close to $45,000 in funds and generating significant awareness.

Last Thursday evening Ned was acknowledged for all his achievements at the R U OK? awards night. Ned was awarded with the trophy (pictured) for YOUNG CONVERSATION CHAMPION.

The Larkin family wishes to thank Ned for the immense role he has played in placing emphasis and bringing massive awareness to the R U OK? message. Particularly in an all-boys school Ned has reminded us how important it is for students to make connections, have empathy and look after one another. Ned has been committed to changing lives through conversation. Amazingly he has managed that alongside school commitments and arduous swim training. Ned has delivered the message loud and clear in a very public arena particularly with his big swims. As a consequence, he has had a very big and very positive influence on our young men.

Congratulations on your incredible achievements Ned. Your award is very well deserved.