Swimathon may be­come an­nual event

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

The Fin­ley Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club held a ‘swimathon’ on Fri­day evening to help a lady who has done and con­tin­ues to give so much to her com­mu­nity.

Swim­ming has al­ways been a close com­mu­nity in Fin­ley. Old and young swim­mers have an em­pa­thy with each other pos­si­bly be­cause it is a unique and very dis­ci­plined sport.

No mat­ter what level you swam at, you know the level of com­mit­ment needed not sim­ply by the swim­mers in­volved but by all the mums and dads that make it hap­pen.

The sport of swim­ming has sur­vived be­cause of vol­un­teers.

Thou­sands of kids have learnt to swim and have sur­vived be­cause of vol­un­teers.

The swimathon was a way of help­ing and thank­ing a lady who has given so much not only to her im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity, but to swim­ming.

The event was taken on by all with a sense of fun, and chal­lenges were is­sued and ac­cepted.

It was so good to see ev­ery­one so en­thu­si­as­tic and de­ter­mined to be pos­i­tively in­volved with such a fine cause.

The event gave all in­volved a sense of com­mu­nity spirit, so much so that the pos­si­bil­ity of the club do­ing a fundraiser swimathon for a cause ev­ery year has sur­faced.

Briefly back to the lady con­cerned; she is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how the ‘good’ peo­ple do brings out more of the same from oth­ers.

Forty laps is one kilo­me­tre. Dur­ing a swimathon no stop­ping is per­mit­ted or a restart from the be­gin­ning is re­quired.

Here are just a few of the dis­tances swum on Fri­day night. It was not an ideal swim­ming night, a bit cool and windy.

Shawna Maxwell 222 laps; Jordy Tay­lor 200; Merv Percy 201; Har­ri­son Evans 200; Sarah Tay­lor 150; Chelsea Tay­lor 110; Abby Tay­lor 100; Jo Jo Tessier 104; Ben Carey 104; Ash­leigh O’leary 100; Will Bur­ton 100; Kay­den Sharpe 100.

Some of the par­tic­i­pants are still in pri­mary school, and the ef­fort by ev­ery­one was fan­tas­tic as was the back­ing from their spon­sors.

Great to see so much en­thu­si­asm for a cause for some­one who has given so much to their com­mu­nity by the Fin­ley Swim­ming Club.

Shawna Maxwell, Merv Percy and Har­ri­son Evans swam more than 600 laps be­tween them.

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