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Tom takes the plunge for Channel swim at Wales National Pool Swansea

Tom Chapman is taking the plunge at the Wales National Pool Swansea to swim the equivalent of an English Channel crossing while raising money for some great causes at the same time.

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Having taken part in Swimathon for the last two years he has sent himself the challenge as part of the world's biggest annual fundraising swim.

Swimathon has distances for swimmers of all abilities so Tom, who is an official ambassador for the event, is encouraging others to take a dip and join him.

The Wales National Pool will be hosting events on Saturday March 23, Sunday March 24 and Friday March 29.

It will be offering distances from 400m to 5k, so there is a  definitely a Swimathon challenge for everyone. Those who prefer a team challenge can also form a relay squad to tackle the 1.5k and 5k distances.

Tom, aged 37, said: "This year's Swimathon will be supporting two great charities - Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK -  so it's a great opportunity for me to really push myself hard and raise some money for some great causes at the same time.

"I first supported Swimathon in Swansea in 2017 when I did 5k every day for 15km and last year I did one every session for 20km.

"This year they have introduced the new triple 5k so I'll be attempting 35k across the three sessions in Swansea and another 10k in Cardiff.

"But there are distances for swimmers of all abilities and I'd encourage people to sign-up because it's great fun and it's great to be swimming with people who are all there raising money."

The Wales National Pool Swansea off Sketty Lane is one of hundreds of venues taking part in Swimathon this year.

General Manager Jeremy Cole said: "Swimathon is really popular and there's always a great atmosphere around the pool.

"Our relationship with the event goes back to 2005 and over the years swimmers here have raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.

"Although lots of people see the Wales National Pool Swansea as a place where elite swimmers learn their trade we're a community pool too, offering a great place to local people to get fit and socialise.

"That's why we always support Swimathon because it's something all swimmers of all abilities can enjoy."

Over the last 30 years Swimathon has raised a staggering £48 million which has been distributed among 36 different charities.

Register at: Swimathon.org/participants/register or to find out more about the Wales National Pool go towww.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk

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