Swim­mers take on Swimathon chal­lenge

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Keen lo­cal swim­mers were out in force over the week­end to take on the Aquat­ics Horowhenua Swimathon chal­lenge.

Swimathon Horowhenua, now in its sec­ond year, was held on Satur­day at the Levin Aquatic Cen­tre.

There were a va­ri­ety of event op­tions avail­able to en­trants, with swims of three dif­fer­ent lengths.

The short­est was 1.5km, which works out to 60 lengths of the pool, the mid­dle dis­tance was a 2.5km or 100-length swim, while the long­est op­tion was a 5km or 200-length chal­lenge.

Aquat­ics Horowhenua Pro­grammes and Events Su­per­vi­sor Lewis Young said Swimathon was an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to chal­lenge them­selves and to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

“Peo­ple en­ter for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Some set them­selves a goal to meet and en­ter as a way to im­prove their fit­ness. Oth­ers do it to raise money for char­ity or as a team bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Swim­mers en­tered as in­di­vid­u­als or as part of a re­lay team of up to six peo­ple, and there was some­thing to suit ev­ery­one, from novice to ex­pert swim­mers.

Lo­cal busi­nesses backed the event, in­clud­ing NZME, snack­a­ball mak­ers Tom and Luke and swimwear com­pany Zoggs which con­trib­uted swim­ming caps and prizes.

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