Get in the swim for Ro­tary char­i­ties

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Town Hall View -

Peo­ple who need peo­ple” - to make an event suc­cess­ful we need the sup­port of peo­ple, as many as pos­si­ble.

Al­though there are many sports events in Peter­bor­ough there is only one char­ity swim­ming event. This is Ro­taryswim or­gan­ised by Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary each Novem­ber. Oh that it could be­come even big­ger and have a ma­jor spon­sor. This would help char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions, sports clubs and other groups to raise funds for their own projects.

Last Novem­ber greater ef­forts were made to at­tract swim­mers, and it worked. The wa­ter at Jack Hunt Pool was very lively. For a four hour pe­riod from 9.00 un­til 1.00 swim­mers were able to show their com­mit­ment. In­spire Peter­bor­ough had a team of 22 and the Peter­bor­ough Spe­cial Olympics group was 24 ma- king 2016 a record year with nearly 100 swim­mers tak­ing part. In the morn­ing some pow­ered through as many as 107 lengths, oth­ers com­peted with fam­ily mem­bers.

At the start of the 10 o’clock ses­sion 24 swim­mers lined up at the shal­low end, the starter closed his eyes and blew his whis­tle. The start was remi- nis­cent of the Olympic Triathlon as the wa­ter came to life. All watch­ing from the gallery and pool­side held their breath and thought it great fun as did those par­tic­i­pat­ing.

The event was ex­tra spe­cial for the less able who could swim to the best of their abil­ity and achieve their per­sonal goal. Swim­ming can be very lib­er­at­ing for those un­able to walk. Whilst some swam with dif­fi­culty and oth­ers were as­sisted, you just had to ad­mire Jonathan be­ing guided by his mother for a full 55 minute ses­sion. One young lady even asked if she could swim a sec­ond time. Why not?

Some young peo­ple were able to ob­tain a con­sid­era- ble amount of spon­sor­ship; par­tic­u­larly we must men­tion Azeem tak­ing part for the first time.

Swim­mers took part in­di­vid­u­ally or as a team swim­ming for 25 or 55 min­utes. Ir­re­spec­tive of abil­ity all who took part en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence and raised money for their char­ity as well as help­ing Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary fi­nance their lo­cal projects.

Each par­tic­i­pant was pre­sented with a per­son­alised cer­tifi­cate, a 2016 Ro­taryswim medal and, where pos­si­ble, re­ceived pho­to­graphs on the day of the event. The pre­sen­ta­tion even­ing to say thank you should be a happy event.

Ro­taryswim is the swim­ming event open to all. Could it get big­ger in the fu­ture? For those not able to run in the Great Eastern this could be an al­ter­na­tive to as­sist their cho­sen char­ity. Last year it was spon­sored by Nene Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment Ser­vices and Con­vert Train­ing. If you are look­ing for an event to spon­sor, or would like to be in­volved, why not con­sider Ro­taryswim. See the Peter­bor­ough Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary web­site for con­tact de­tails.

Where else could you swim for free in a char­ity event?

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