Po­sei­don swims for cancer care

Car­bon­ear club raises $4,200 dur­ing overnight swim­ming re­lay

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

It was a night to re­mem­ber for the 25 Po­sei­don Swim Club mem­bers tak­ing part in the 17th Swim for Hope 12-hour re­lay overnight March 21-22.

The event raises money for the Dr. H. Bliss Mur­phy Cancer Care Foun­da­tion and swim clubs across the prov­ince.

With a to­tal of $4,200 raised, the Car­bon­ear based team had its sec­ond best show­ing since the event be­gan in 1998.

Along with Po­sei­don, 12 other swim teams from across the prov­ince held events on the same night.

The event kicked off at 4:30 p.m., but the ded­i­cated mem­bers of the team were just fin­ish­ing up a prac­tice be­fore be­gin­ning the long night of swim­ming laps.

The team had two groups swim­ming against each other, with an even dis­tri­bu­tion of com­pet­i­tive and pre-com­pet­i­tive swim­mers. The groups had to have a swim­mer in the pool at all times, for the en­tire 12-hour span.

At 6:30 p.m., cancer sur­vivor and mother to swim­mer Al­li­son Somers, Cathy Somers, gave a beau­ti­ful speech about the cancer care clinic in St. John’s, a place she spent a lot of time last year while bat­tling breast cancer.

Her words drew tears from Al­li­son and sev­eral par­ents.

“The goal last year was for me and (my mom) to be a part of the event to­gether again this year,” Al­li­son told The Com­pass af­ter she swam for 15 min­utes straight.

Af­ter the speech, the team mem­bers put to­gether a wreath of faux flow­ers for all cancer sur­vivors, those liv­ing with cancer and those who have lost their bat­tles.

The team’s two se­nior mem­bers, Al­li­son and Mark Ped­dle, placed the wreath, which was do­nated by Clarke Flo­ral de­sign in Up­per Is­land Cove, in the pool, where it stayed float­ing all night.

While not swim­ming, mem­bers of the team snacked on fruit trays, got their sleep­ing bags ready and played in the pool — out­side of the lanes, of course.

Swim clubs across the prov­ince have raised over $1.4 mil­lion to date.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Po­sei­don Swim Club mem­bers took part in an overnight swim­ming re­lay at the Car­bon­ear Pool March 21-22. Mem­bers of the team in­clude (in no par­tic­u­lar or­der) Jorja Ben­nett, Ha­ley O’Driscoll, Mark Ped­dle, Alex Neil, Court­ney Bud­den, Syd­ney Crane, Emily King, Abby Trask, Sarah Burt, Eryn Baker, Rylee Moores, MacKen­zie Sut­ton, Drew For­ward, Katie Butt, Sarah For­ward, Kait­lyn Clarke, Alaina King, Brooke Hig­don, Ciara O’Keefe, Al­li­son Somers, Ari­anna Tay­lor, Danielle Tay­lor, Al­lie Drover, Me­gan Smith, Kaylee Davis and coach Ju­nior Somers.

The two most se­nior swim­mers of Po­sei­don, Mark Ped­dle (left) and Al­li­son Somers (right of wreath) lay the cancer wreath in the pool as a sign of re­spect for all those bat­tling cancer, cancer sur­vivors and those who lost their bat­tle.

Cathy Somers (left) is a breast cancer sur­vivor and the mother to swim­mer Al­li­son Somers. She helps Me­gan For­ward, mother to swim­mers Drew and Sarah For­ward, put some fi­nal touches on a cancer wreath the club mem­bers put to­gether for the event.

Ciara O’Keefe pre­pared to take a dive in the deep end at Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool dur­ing the Swim for Hope.

Nine-year-old MacKen­zie Sut­ton pre­pares to take a dive off the div­ing blocks at Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool dur­ing the Swim for Hope event March 21.

Al­lie Trask pre­pares her­self for her turn swim­ming her first two laps for this year’s Swim for Hope.

Emily King takes a short breather from swim­ming in the shal­low end of Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool.

Ri­ley Moores flashes a big smile be­fore tak­ing off on the slide into the wa­ter.

Kaitlin Clarke gives a thumbs up dur­ing the swim team’s free time, while wait­ing for her turn to swim.

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