A West Kilbride swimmer admits he is “thrilled” after being confirmed as the holder of three world records.

Andy Donaldson, who hails from the village and now lives in Australia, crossed the finish line in a year-long charity challenge that saw him swim the world’s seven hardest channels.

The 32-year-old started his Oceans Seven challenge in August last year, and completed the final crossing in Japan at the end of July – raising $50,000 for mental health charities along the way.

The swimmer has now received his three plaques from Guiness World Records for his record-breaking achievements.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald:

Andy now holds the world records for the fastest time to complete the challenge in 355 days and the fastest cumulative swim time of 63 hours and 2 minutes.

He also now holds the record for the fastest crossing of New Zealand’s 22km Cook Strait with a time of 4 hours and 33 minutes.

Andy said: “As a youngster growing up in the west of Scotland, I would never have imagined receiving any of these in my lifetime.

“To everyone that has supported me over the years and have helped make this dream a reality, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“Your support, belief and teachings have shaped me into the person I am today. I owe these records to you.”