Swimmers make a splash for charity
BRAVE swimmers braced the cold waters off Oban Bay on Saturday making a splash for charity in the Kerrera to Oban sponsored swim.
The journey is half a mile long, measured from the Oban sailing club slipway to the adjacent slipway on Kerrera.
Now in its fourth year, the Island of Kerrera to Oban Sponsored Swim is run every summer to raise funds for youth development in sport.
Donna Smith, who is a youth development worker in sport at Atlantis leisure centre, has organised the event for the past three years.
She said: ‘This year, once again, there’s been a fantastic turnout. We were expecting around 30 people but more than 50 took part.
‘By raising these funds, it has widened the opportunities we can offer to young people to help them hit the ground running and get the best possible start in life.
Support ‘In the past year, we have been able to support many young people on leadership courses such as outward bound expeditions, sailing voyages with the Jubilee sailing trust and Tall Ships Youth trust.
‘We have also been able to fund courses for young people to increase their qualifications through First Aid courses, child protection, lifeguard courses, sports coaching courses and swimming teaching.
‘ Without this support, many of our people in the community would not get the opportunity to show what they can achieve or realise their own capacity and accomplish things they never imagined,’ Donna added.
Diane Kerr, from Oban, was one of the participants. She said: ‘It was fine, you climatise quickly to the water after a few minutes. This was my second time and I’m obviously delighted to finish.’
Fellow swimmer, Sheila McGregor, also from Oban said: ‘To be honest, it was awful at the beginning, but I got used to it and I’m really glad I did it.
‘The water was splashing in my face but I struggled on. I was glad to do it for such a good cause and I think everyone who is capable should do it.’
Rebecca Simms, a leisure attendant at Atlantis, decided to take her wetsuit off during the swim.
She said: ‘The first bit was the worst, but then I got used to it and it wasn’t too bad. Once I was used to the temperature of the water, the wetsuit was just hindering me so I just took it off and it was lot easier, I got going that bit quicker. Everyone helps each other on the way as well, giving each other moral support to get through it.’
SOUP OF THE DAY: Delighted swimmers warm-up with cups of hot soup after they had completed the swim
IN THE SWIM: Young Alison MacVicar powers ahead in the Kerrera to
Oban swim to beat her father, Alex, home to Oban Sailing Club