Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is 30 years old this year, and Kensington Leisure Centre will be one of more than 600 venues around the UK celebrating this landmark by hosting a Swimathon event.
The 2017 Swimathon will take place over three days from 7th – 9th April across the UK with registration open. The total fundraising amount over the previous 29 years currently stands at a staggering £46 million, which has been distributed amongst 36 different charities.
Kensington Leisure Centre will host Swimathon for the second time since re-opening in March 2015. The centre will welcome swimmers to take part in sessions available from 9am -12pm and 1pm-4pm on Sunday 9th April.
Speaking about Swimathon 2017, former Olympic Swimmer and Aquatics Officer at Kensington Leisure Centre, Daniel Arnamnart, said, “It’s very exciting to host such a great event which will help get more people, more active people active in the local community, which is one of Better’s main aims, alongside giving back to such a great charity.”
“I am personally looking forward to participating in the swim, alongside supporting all of the teams and individuals taking part. It will be great to see as many participants as possible raise money for Marie Curie and represent the centre and local community in such a positive way on Sunday 9th April.”
Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon President and Olympic gold-medallist, said of the landmark Swimathon event,“ For the last 29 years it has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Swimathon really was ahead of its time giving people a chance to get active and do some good at the same time. I am so proud of both Swimathon’s longevity and its legacy.”
The official charity of Swimathon 2017 is Marie Curie. The charity provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. It has been doing this work for over 65 years and last year alone cared for and supported over 50,000 people affected by terminal illness across the UK.
Registration is now open for Swimathon 2017. Participants can enter to take part at Kensington Leisure Centre through the Swimathon website. Swimathon.org/participants/register