Local swimmers set world record
A GUINESS world record has been broken after 57 swimmers braved the water at the Mossman swimming-pool on Saturday night to smash the record for the number of people in a pool at once globally.
Kids from six years old to a woman in her late 70s took the plunge at 10pm to join the global attempt for the Rotary Club’s Swimarathon world record for the most people swimming at once, which now stands at more than 3000 people after Saturday night’s swim - the previous number was 2533.
The Swimarathon is a Rotary Club initiative to raise money for their campaign Polioplus.
Organiser for the Mossman swim, Rotarian Roby Kessler, said he was thrilled with the number of people who turned up to help break the record and to raise money to fight polio.
“We’re thrilled and grateful to the swimmers who came to the pool and jumped in the water to help break this record and to help give children in developing countries a chance to fight the disease which leaves them paralysed,” Mr Kessler said.
“People only had to swim 100m (two laps of an Olympicsize pool) non-stop between 10pm to 11pm and without assistance.”
After 20 years since the PolioPlus campaign started, Rotary is using the Swimarathon as one last big push for funds to help eradicate polio globally.
All funds will support immunisation campaigns in developing countries and give children a chance against the disease which infects and paralyses.
The event was also aimed at increasing the awareness of polio and through Rotary reminding the community about its devastating effects and to encourage more people to stay fit through swimming, Mr Kessler said.
Record breakers: the local contingent at Mossman swimming pool on Saturday night