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Staff team ready to make a splash at pool's charity challenge

More than 120 people ranging in age from eight to 80 have already signed up for a charity challenge this month at the Wales National Pool Swansea.


Entries are already well up on last year for Swimathon - the world's biggest annual fundraising swim.

They include people from all walks of life including primary school children, students, work colleagues and pensioners.

There is still time to enter as this year the pool has three sessions on Saturday March 23, Sunday March 24 and Friday March 29.

There are distances to suit swimmers of all abilities ranging from 400m to 5k. Those who prefer a team challenge can also form a relay squad to tackle the 1.5k and 5k distances.

The Wales National Pool Swansea off Sketty Lane is one of hundreds of venues taking part in Swimathon, a cause it has supported since 2005.

Once again staff will be entering a team and they will be joined by some of the beginners they have recently taught to swim.

THe staff team consists of Sophie Evans, Andrea Whitcombe and Mike Rose (all pictured) and Kyle Job and Toni Lee-Lambert.

Swimming teacher Sophie Evans, who is part of the staff team, said: "This year's Swimathon is raising money for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK and they are charities that mean a lot to a lot of people. It's great to show our support by taking part.

"There are lots of different distances for people of all abilities, it's not against the clock so there's no rush, it's just a great opportunity to get involved with all your friends."

Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised in previous years by swimmers at the Wales National Pool Swansea.

General Manager Jeremy Cole said: "I'm proud that once again our staff are entering a team.

"I wish them and all the other swimmers who are taking part all the best and I'm sure they will have a great time raising money for two great causes.

"It's particularly pleasing to see some of our beginners entering and it just goes to show that the Wales National Pool Swansea is a community pool, offering a great place for local people to get fit and socialise, as well as a facility enjoyed by elite swimmers."

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