Trent Theroux jumped into the water off of Fort Adams State Park around 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 26th; ahead of him was an attempt to swim around Aquidneck Island to benefit RISE Above Paralysis.

As the crow flies, Aquidneck Island has a circumference of 37 miles. However, because of the shifting tides and navigational requirements the swim was closer to 40 miles.

The Barrington man successfully made the journey around Aquidneck Island when he arrived at Bowen’s Wharf just before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, almost 17 hours later.

Trent’s swim, “Back to Newport”, is helping to raise funds and used vehicles for those with a spinal cord injury.


Fundraising efforts have currently raised $28,492.00, just about 56% of his goal of $50,000.


All donations go directly to RISE Above Paralysis (GBC, NSCIA) — a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Trent’s Story

In September 2002, Trent Theroux was the victim of a boating accident in which the propeller carved into his back four times severing all the major muscles on the left side of his back and cutting into five bones in his spinal column. During my time in the hospital he made a list of items he wanted to achieve during the balance of his life. The first on the list was to walk. Also on the list was to lift his young children and return to his job. Then, he got a little crazy and included running a marathon, racing up the stairs of a skyscraper and completing the Ironman. Following an extensive period of rehabilitation he was able to achieve all those items on my list.  The last item on my list was to complete an unprecedented ocean swim.

Trent was inspired by the mission of RISE Above Paralysis. Through his “Back To Block” swim three years ago, he raised $50,000 to be used as grants for durable medical equipment. These funds have made it possible for individuals to access much needed medical equipment that they would not have been able to obtain otherwise.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.