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Olympic swimmer launches Rotary charity fundraiser

Buckingham Swimathon launch. Yoong swimmer Lewis Heggie with James Ewart, pool manager, Graig Gibbons, Olympian and Howard Mordue, Rotary.
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Buckingham Swimathon launch. Yoong swimmer Lewis Heggie with James Ewart, pool manager, Graig Gibbons, Olympian and Howard Mordue, Rotary. 140305M-F499 PNL-140503-172443001

Team GB and Olympic swimming star Craig Gibbons took time out from his busy training schedule on Wednesday to urge more local people to take part in the Buckingham Swimathon, which returns to Swan Pool for its third year on Saturday, March 15.

Mr Gibbons launched the fundraiser alongside the youngest entrant in last year’s event, seven-year-old Lewis Heggie, Howard Mordue of Buckingham Rotary, the event organisers, and Swan Pool manager James Ewart.

Last year’s Swimathon saw over £8,000 raised for local charities and good causes and 93 swimmers making a splash for charities on the day.

Mr Gibbons said: “Swimming is a great way for people of all ages to get fit and most importantly have fun.

“I’m encouraging the local community to take part in this great fundraiser for good causes in and around Buckingham.”

Buckingham Rotary is optimistic that this year’s Swimathon will hit the £10,000 mark, with participants taking to the water, from 11am to 3pm.

Teams of all ages will go head to head in 55-minute time slots to try and swim as many laps of the pool as possible in the allocated time.

Find out more from the Swan Pool on 01296 738232 or enter online at www.buckinghamswim.com or pick up a registration form at Swan Pool reception.

 

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