Get in the swim for Rotary charities
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?