Porirua swim­mers on the Road to Rio

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

If any­one would be able to boost a cam­paign re­quir­ing com­peti­tors to swim, run, cy­cle or row nearly 12,000km in 100 days, it would be Marty McDow­ell.

In­stead, the cam­paign, launched re­cently by staff at Te Rau­paraha Arena in Porirua, is in sup­port of McDow­ell, who has been cho­sen to com­pete in the kayak­ing at the forth­com­ing Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

McDow­ell said he was ex­cited to know an event like the 12,000km jour­ney would be tak­ing place while he was build­ing to­wards the Olympics.

The cam­paign is an­other high-pro­file way for the arena staff to en­cour­age Porirua res­i­dents to get fit.

Phil Wag­gott, as­sis­tant man- ager of Dash Swim School, said that af­ter the suc­cess­ful ‘‘Swim the length of New Zealand’’ ini­tia­tive to start the year, the Road to Rio ticked a lot of boxes.

‘‘We wanted an­other way of get­ting peo­ple in­vested in ex­er­cise, and ev­ery­one is in­ter­ested in the Olympic Games,’’ he said.

‘‘We got in touch with Marty and he was gen­er­ous in giv­ing his time to come to the launch. We wanted to show him how much peo­ple in Porirua are sup­port­ing him at Rio.’’

Ini­tially, it was thought the whole cam­paign could be done in the pool, but the es­ti­mated 475,000 lengths in 100 days was too much to achieve.

Ev­ery­one who reg­is­ters in the Road to Rio chal­lenge fills out a card be­fore and af­ter each ses­sion they cy­cle, run, row or cross train at the Arena Fit­ness Cen­tre, or swim in the aquatic cen­tre pool.

Cham­pion Porirua swimmer Ben Walsh is also on board for the chal­lenge.

The aim is for en­trants to clock up the 11,878km be­fore the the Olympic start on Au­gust 5. There are prizes and give­aways along the way, but Wag­gott hoped per­sonal goals and sup­port­ing McDow­ell would be the cen­tral mo­ti­va­tion.

On the last day of the games, there would be a 24-hour swimathon, Wag­gott said, with swim­mers to seek spon­sor­ship and raise money that would go to­wards swim­ming lessons at Porirua schools.

Marty McDow­ell at the launch of the Road to Rio cam­paign in Porirua on April 27.

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