Swim­mers aim­ing to make a splash with pools chal­lenge

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Staff and mem­bers will be cheer­ing on the 13 swim­mers, who have each com­mit­ted to swim­ming 31 miles at 31 pools across six days.

The Chiltern Pools is the 12th venue and the chal­lenge will be tak­ing place on Satur­day be­tween 3pm and 4pm.

The fundraiser is the brain­child of Bet­ter the leisure op­er­a­tor that man­ages leisure fa­cil­i­ties in Chiltern on be­half of Chiltern District Coun­cil.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is the of­fi­cial health and fit­ness part­ner of Sport Re­lief 2016 and has com­mit­ted to rais­ing £500,000 for the char­ity through a host of ac­tiv­i­ties un­der the #Team­Bet­ter ban­ner.

Bri­tish Olympian, and one of the 13 Team Bet­ter swim­mers, Fran Leighton, said: “I’ve never been great at swim­ming up and down, how­ever, I’m lucky enough to have rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain at Wa­ter Polo and I cap­tained the team at the Lon­don 2012 Olympics.

“The last time I did a swim set was prob­a­bly 2012 and I haven’t swum since.

“I’m ex­cited for the chal­lenge, get­ting to swim in all the dif­fer­ent pools, as well as hav­ing the chance to meet peo­ple from across the UK, whilst rais­ing money for a great cause.”

Part­ner­ship man­ager for Chiltern and South Bucks Lynn Brit­ten said: “We are de­lighted to be host­ing a leg of this phe­nom­e­nal swim­ming chal­lenge, which re­ally will test the swim­mers’ en­durance to the limit.

“This is just one of a num­ber of Sport Re­lief fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties we are run­ning this year rang­ing from dress­ing up as a su­per hero to bake offs and in­door row­ing the dis­tance across the Chan­nel to guess­ing the num­ber of ping pong balls in a sack.

“At Bet­ter we have given our­selves a huge half a mil­lion pound tar­get to reach, so we’re call­ing on ev­ery­one in the lo­cal com­mu­nity to get in­volved and join #Team­Bet­ter.”

The Chiltern Pools will also be play­ing a key role in the 2016 Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Games, tak­ing place be­tween March 18 and 20 when it hosts Swimathon on Satur­day and Sun­day of the Sport Re­lief week­end.

To sign-up to the Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Games and for in­for­ma­tion about Sport Re­lief visit www.sportre­lief.com.

To find out how to join in visit www.bet­ter.org.uk/ sportre­lief or call in to your lo­cal Bet­ter Leisure Cen­tre.

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