Chris Cairns found not guilty in perjury case ... Read more

Bypass man wants no diversions

'I have done the training and done the work'

Last updated 05:00 21/02/2013
Stephen Hough

ON A MISSION: Stephen Hough, who has had a quintuple bypass, trains for the weekend’s Akaroa ocean swim, his first long-distance event.

Relevant offers


Waikato Hospital's Hilda Ross building to shut for good Elderly woman punched by employee at dementia care unit in Auckland Nelson woman gives birth the same day she learnt she was pregnant Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae undergoes heart surgery Kiwi pair tackling world's highest summits Attitude Awards honour Kiwis living extraordinarily despite disability Mental illness motivates owner ACC pay out after Judge rules schizophrenia caused by head injury Fear of amputation forces Tokoroa pensioner to question Waikato DHB Christchurch claimant says ACC system a 'money game'

An avid Canterbury sportsman is not going to let a quintuple bypass stop him from competing in a long-distance swim in Akaroa this weekend.

Stephen Hough, 56, of Ohoka, hopes to finally swim in a major long-distance event after having twice been thwarted.

"I tried to do the Corsair Bay one but then the earthquake hit, and nothing happened. It was really annoying. I worked really hard," he said.

"I planned to do [the State La Grande Swim] last year but then I got ill a couple of weeks before."

This year, however, he felt "fantastic" and everything was perfect. He was looking forward to the 2.8-kilometre race from French Bay Beach to Children's Bay Beach at Akaroa.

"I have done the training and done the work. I've always been a competitive person and I intend to do well."

However, he did not expect to win. "There's some real guns in my age group."

Hough had a quintuple bypass in April 2010 after he discovered he had had angina for eight years.

Angina is chest pain caused if an area of the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen-rich blood.

"It came to a head when I was walking home from the rugby at AMI Stadium," he said. "I just had to stop three times and thought ‘I had better go to the doctor'."

He had always been keen on sport and played touch rugby and rugby league. "Even with the pain from the angina you just run through it and carry on," he said.

This is the second State La Grande Swim held at Akaroa. It begins at 1.15pm on Saturday.

There are three adult categories. The longest course is 2.8km and the shortest 300m. There is also a children's event.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should fluoride in water be the responsibility of central government?



Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content