GOING THE DISTANCE
Young swimmers raise thousands for their club
Young swimmers raise money for club.
Without bragging about these kids too much, I think I should give the facts of the Dorados Annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser and let you decide for yourselves how significant they are.
Total participants: 24 Time allotted: Two hours. Distance Completed: 72,025 m or 72 km.
So, in a short timeframe of two hours, exactly 24 children ages 6 through 13 swam continuously and covered 72 kilometers. To give that distance a little perspective, it’s basically following the highway route 4 from Sydney Forks to the St. Peter’s Historic Canal. Now, normally it would take someone a little over an hour from Sydney to travel it, in a car, moving at close to 90km/h, but these guys did it together in 2 hours. Yep, 25 kids. 72 kms.
This is the swim team’s annual fundraiser and I’m also very happy to tell you we surpassed last year’s funds and met 75 per cent of this 2017 goal with $5,110. Thank you everyone for your support! The online website developed through Swimming Canada is a wonderful system that allows the team to accept donations and individual sponsors to see their favorite Dorados and pledge from anywhere in the world. The Dorados have gone global.
Our participants were split into teams for this event. In the end, the top distance team was Sapphire covering 15.95 km as a group. Congratulations to Duncan Clark, Emma Cholak, Sophie Hunter, Hana Balcom and Sam Reid. Our top distance swimmer for this year, and last as you may recall, was Duncan Clark with 5,600 m or 5.6 km, followed closely by Anna Morrison with 5300m and Kaj Udby with 4,650 m. Great work everyone.
Of course, we don’t want to forget the great work of these individual fundraisers. If you’ve seen kids bribing their neighbors with macaroons for pledges, they’re ours. They’re too cute to deny. But all of your generous donations will help the team fill out the training gear, get necessary pool hours and cover some travel costs. Our top fundraisers this year were Emma Cholak with $685, Kaj Udby with $445 and Kate MacLean with $320. We wouldn’t be here without you guys, so thank you so much.
This is the team after the swim with their Eat Sleep Swim pillows.
In the back, left to right are, Rebecca Morrison, Anna Morrison, Drew Phillipo, Lexie Quinn, Ava Stone, Duncan Clark, and Claire Trainor. In the middle are, Kate MacLean, Luke Jacobs, Max Harpell, Winston Clark, Emma Cholak, and Warren MacArthur. In the front are, Abby Cochrane, Hazel Clark, Maria Georghiou, Hana Balcom, Owen Bonnar, and Sophia Burrow.
Girls are almost done. Shown here clockwise from top, Lexie Quinn, Claire Trainor, Anna Morrison, Hazel Clark, and Rebecca Morrison.
Swimmers at the 1 hour 45 minute mark were Emma Cholak and Hana Balcom