GO­ING THE DIS­TANCE

Young swim­mers raise thou­sands for their club

Cape Breton Post - - Community Connections - Stacy Clark Stacy Clark is the coach of the Cape Bre­ton Do­ra­dos swim team. She can be reached at cape­bre­ton­do­ra­dos@gmail.com.

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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

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