Can’t swim yet? Then take the plunge for Swimathon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Take the plunge by tak­ing part in next month’s Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Swimathon.

The pools at Ash­ford’s Stour Cen­tre and Ten­ter­den’s leisure cen­tre are among 14 in Kent host­ing Swimath­ons.

Thou­sands of swim­mers across the coun­try will take to the wa­ter to take part in Swimathon and raise funds for good causes.

Swimathon started in 1986 and since then more than 500,000 swim­mers have taken part, rais­ing over £42 mil­lion for char­ity.

And this year the char­ity is en­cour­ag­ing in­ex­pe­ri­enced swim­mers to make Swimathon their first ever swim­ming chal­lenge.

This ini­tia­tive comes at a time when swim­ming, though still the high­est in sport par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers, con­tin­ues to take a down­fall.

Ac­cord­ing to the Am­a­teur Swim­ming As­so­ci­a­tion, one in five adults in Eng­land can’t swim.

To at­tempt to change this statis­tic, Swimathon have chal- lenged five UK learn-to-swim groups to take on a Swimathon chal­lenge as an end mo­ti­va­tion to their learn­ings.

Olympic gold medal­list and Swimathon am­bas­sador Dun­can Good­hew said: “Tak­ing part in the Sains­bury’s Sport Re­lief Swimathon gives you the mo­ti­va­tion to get your cos­tume on, jump in the pool and get swim­ming.

“There’s noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting ac­tive and there’s no bet­ter way than in the pool.”

Swim­ming is an es­sen­tial life skill and with the right sup­port and guid­ance the char­ity says it is never too late to learn how to swim.

More and more swim­ming pools across the coun­try of­fer ju­nior and adult classes.

Swimathon is hop­ing to in­spire hun­dreds of non-swim­mers that they too can learn to swim.

The Swimathon fundraiser runs from Fri­day to Sun­day, March 18 to 20.

Par­tic­i­pants can ei­ther swim just one length for Sim­plySwim or take on in­di­vid­ual or team dis­tance swims with friends and fam­ily.

Reg­is­tra­tion for Swimathon 2016 is open un­til Wed­nes­day, March 16. To en­ter visit www. Swimathon.org

Swim­ming is an es­sen­tial life skill and it’s never too late to learn says Olympic gold medal­list Dun­can Good­hew

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