Thame swimathon continues Games legacy

The team from Lightfoot Solicitors at last year's event. Photo by Nick White.
The team from Lightfoot Solicitors at last year's event. Photo by Nick White.

Preparations are well underway for the second edition of the Rotary Thame Swimathon.

Inspired by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games last year, the event will take place at the Thame Leisure Centre on Sunday 13 October between 10 am and 2 pm.

This is a fun event which also aims to raise money for local charities including The, Thame & District Day Centre and Thame Players.

The event is possible due to the generosity of several local businesses, who will cover the costs of hiring the pool, producing the medals and sponsoring the T-shirts which will be worn by the volunteers organising the event.

Chairman of the Rotary Swimathon Steering Group Marius Ciortan said: “We have received a great response and support from many local businesses and groups.

“A team of Thame town councillors lead by Mike Dyer will participate this year for the first time.

“Lord Williams’ School, Thame Swimming Club and primary schools from Thame, Chinnor, and Haddenham are also likely to send swimmers as they did last year.

“Everyone over the age of eight can take part in what isnow a traditional annual event and part of the 2012 Olympic legacy.

“Everyone benefits as local charities get money to help with their important work and the swimmers have lots of fun trying to swim as many lengths as they can.

At the end all participants also get a Rotary Swimathon medal.”

Teams interested in participating should apply now as the slots are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Team entry and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from www.thame.rotaryweb.org or by ringing Peter Hook on 07836 651174 or by e-mail: peterghook@hotmail.com