For six hours, Alex Hardy will follow the black line at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre thinking about the people that can't swim. Or walk. Or get out of bed. Or live without pain.
The Mounties Ignite Health & Fitness' exercise physiologist is taking part in her second MS 24-hour Mega Swim event on May 25 and 26.
Alex has worked very closely with MS sufferers and is an expert at evaluating exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities.
Her role is to help them develop their greatest level of fitness through tailored exercise.
"You can wake up with MS one day and your life can change forever. I have seen the effects it can have first-hand," she said. "I am inspired by the tenacity and confidence they show through rehabilitation.
"The best reward is seeing clients overcome challenges and helping community members achieve their goals."
Alex, who used to swim competitively as a junior, and her team are hoping to raise $3000 to support people living with multiple sclerosis - a chronic and often debilitating disease which attacks the central nervous system. Their team has currently raised $2600.
Alex is swimming the 6pm to midnight shift on the Saturday night.
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