Lo­cal swim­mers set world record

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

Record break­ers: the lo­cal con­tin­gent at Moss­man swim­ming pool on Satur­day night

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