SCORES of Swimathon enthusiasts are set to take the plunge at Wales National Pool Swansea this weekend as part of Britain’s biggest charity swimming fundraiser.
Last weekend was a huge success with loads of swimmers putting in an amazing effort and even more are preparing to take on the challenge this Friday 29th March as part of the Swimathon official weekend. It is not too late to join them and you can take on the challenge as an individual or as part of a team over a variety of distances so there will definitely be a swim for you.
Jeremy Cole, General Manager at the pool said: “We had a brilliant weekend, the pool was really busy and there’s more to come.
“It was particularly pleasing to see some of our beginners entering and it just goes to show that the Wales National Pool Swansea is a community pool, offering a great place for local people to get fit and socialise, as well as a facility enjoyed by elite swimmers.”
More than 120 people ranging in age from eight to 80 signed up for the charity challenge which took place on March 24 and 25 and has still sessions to go on Friday.
Entries were well up on last year for Swimathon – the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim.
They include people from all walks of life including primary school children, students, work colleagues and pensioners and they include people of all ages. The youngest 5K swimmer being only 9 years old and the oldest being over 70 years old. It goes to show that age is just a number.
The Wales National Pool Swansea off Sketty Lane is one of hundreds of venues taking part in Swimathon, a cause it has supported since 2005, helping raise tens of thousands of pounds in the process.
Team Captain Jill Burgess was part of Michelle 5 who decided to work together to complete the swim at the weekend showing everyone that anyone can take on the challenge and how big a support your friends can be.
She said: “We have been swimming together as a group for over six years at the Wales National Pool in Swansea and we have become good friends who have supported one another on our swimming journey.
“The Swimathon challenge has always been something we have wanted to do and being able to do it as a group has really helped us stay motivated and has given a huge boost of confidence with our swimming ability.”
If you want to take part in one of the special Swimathon sessions on March 29, contact the Wales National Pool or go Swimathon.org/participants/register
To out more about the Wales National Pool go to www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk