Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Not much can keep Fred Wilshaw from the MS Mighty Swim, this year he has delayed crucial knee surgery just so he can compete in the MS Society’s 24 hour event. It is a cause close to Fred’s heart - his daughter Samantha is living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

At 81, Fred is the oldest competitor in the MS Mighty Swim and also the most determined. After suffering a stroke and brain haemorrhage last year, against all odds he was discharged from hospital just in time to complete 1km in the swim – an amazing 20 laps. He is aiming to double that this year and do 40!

The MS Mighty Swim will be held for 24 hours at the Unley Swimming Centre on February 11 & 12, beginning at 12:15pm. Teams of up to 20 competing in the MS Mighty Swim need to keep one swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours as they compete against each other and raise money for MS.

Fred suffered from Polio as a child, leaving his right leg crippled for life, but he has not let that stop him from being active. Once a keen marathon runner, Fred had to turn to swimming after a dog attack on his already crippled leg.

Fred trains everyday in the pool at the Tea Tree Gardens Retirement Village where he lives, swimming 120 laps (1.2km) a day.

You can donate to Fred and Team MS at or call 08 7002 6500 to donate by phone.

Contact Profile

MS Society of SA & NT

The MS Society is a service driven organisation with a 45 year history in assisting people with MS and their families. There is no known cause of MS and each working day across Australia 5 more people are told they have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is usually diagnosed in your 20s and 30s, a significant time for many who have work, family and financial commitments.

We exist to serve our clients and our mandate is simple…. provide support where it is needed most.
In South Australia individuals are referred directly to the MS Society by their neurologist and we support them through service provision for the rest of their lives. We do this via many avenues including nursing assistance, providing advice on medications and symptom management, physical support including physiotherapy and occupational therapy, social work services, respite for families and carer’s and equipment support.
Renee Meredith
P: 08 7002 6516


multiple sclerosis, MS, MS Mighty Swim, Tea Tree Gully, Unley



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