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Brave Gendi: In the swim!

Swapping her wheelchair for a wetsuit, Gendi Roberts is determined not to let her life-threatening illness get in the way of conquering the State Open Swim Series as an elite swimmer.

Although the 18-year-old describes swimming as ‘life-changing’, she pays a heavy price for her passion. Each stroke causes her immense pain due to a rare degenerative condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which has left Gendi with digestion problems, chronic fatigue, partial blindness and frequent bone dislocations.