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It’s Monday morning and Napier teenager Patrick Cooper is tired, very tired. Anyone would be after beating a Guinness World Record.
The 17-year-old spent 36 hours swinging backwards and forwards on a park swing in Taradale to beat the current record for the world’s longest swing, but mainly to raise money for Starship Hospital.
Cooper has beaten the current record held by New Zealander Aimee Pivott, who swung for 32 hours, two minutes, and three seconds in October 2013.
Cooper started at 10.23am on Saturday and finished at 10.23pm on Sunday. He was originally supposed to start at 8am, but slept through six alarms.
At Taradale Park he was rained on and blasted by the wind, with a jacket his only means of shelter.
One of Cooper’s friends brought down a bass guitar and played some music to keep his spirits high.
Cooper was allowed a five-minute break for every hour of the swing, but those breaks could be accumulated.
Cooper swung his first nine hours without taking any breaks, meaning he had stacked up a 45-minute intermission before having to get back on.
“Until about the last six hours, I wasn’t in pain and I wasn’t feeling too sore. I just kept going,”
“One thing that did almost put me off was getting through dawn. There was this period from about 3am to 7am that was hard. Every minute felt extremely long, and I got quite sleepy. I had a few energy drinks and that perked me up.”
On Monday morning Cooper said he felt “pretty tired” and had a “few stiff joints,” but “felt good” in general.
He had raised $2300 for Starship Hospital, and people were still able to donate if they wished.
Cooper is yet to send his attempt into the Guinness World Records and will have to wait at least 16 weeks before he knows if he’s the official record holder for the world’s longest swing.
The world record for the longest swing was also attempted by Taradale Teenager, Charlie O’Brien who also beat Pivott’s record in 2019, but due to a two-hour camera glitch, he never sent in his attempt.
Luckily, there were no glitches in Cooper’s footage.
“We checked over the camera footage and there was a clean 36 hours of camera footage, it recorded everything fine, so I’m really happy with that.”
“Regardless of whether I get an award or not, I know I still swung for 36 hours and I still get to send the money to Starship, and that’s the most important thing to me.”