Swimmers Make a Splash at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre

The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre opened its door to swimmers over the last weekend of March as part of the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim event, Swimathon. The fundraising swim event raises funds for Cancer Research and Marie Curie and takes place in 600 pools across the country. So far, the Abingdon swimmers have raised £6360 with more funds still coming in!

125 swimmers challenged themselves to 400 m, 1.5km, 2.5km, 5km or the new Triple 5km challenge, which sees swimmers competing in all 3 sessions between 29-31st March. The centre is proud to have the 8th highest amount of swimmers nationally, which equalled Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Megan Horwood, Community Sports Manager, said, “The atmosphere on the weekend was fantastic! We saw a record amount of teams enter this year with swimmers as young as 6 taking part with their friends and family. Our oldest swimmer was 79! Next year we are aiming to extend this event and host 150+ swimmers. On behalf of the centre, I would like to thank the Cancer Research Volunteers who supported Sunday session, as well as our staff members who volunteered their time.”

Pam Radley, Assistant Manager at the WHLTC, said, “Over the course of the weekend we heard so many fantastic stories from our swimmers as to why they have decided to take part. It is amazing to hear the benefits to people’s health and wellbeing that swimming has brought. We saw swimmers challenging themselves through a variety of distances, including an inspiring swimmer who has had a double lung transplant”

The centre is encouraging swimmers to register their interest for Swimathon 2020, which can be done by visiting www.swimathon.org. Why not set yourself a challenge for next year? Need any support? The centre offers adult and children swimming lessons.