Channel challenge for Soundwell swimmers

September 27 2021

CHILDREN at Soundwell Swimming Club are swimming the distance of the English Channel to raise money for charity.
The 17 swimmers, aged from nine to 16, are taking part in Diabetes UK’s Swim 22.
Their challenge is to swim 22 miles between them – the distance from Dover to Calais – before October 22.
Some of the swimmers got started in the school holidays from the club’s base at Kingswood Leisure Centre, totting up more than six miles between them.
Club welfare officer Fi Picton said: "The last 12 to 18 months have been a bit rubbish, so we thought this would be a fun challenge to take on.
"Most of the swimming competitions haven’t happened so it’s nice to have something we can work on together.
"It’s for a good cause and promotes healthy living, which is really important to us as a club."
The youngsters have already exceeded the minimum fundraising target of £220, collecting £322 through their sponsorship page.
Local car dealership SJ Cook and Sons donated £100 to the children’s efforts.
The club has more than 200 swimmers age four to early 20s and has been running since 1962.
Last year the club successfully raised £10,894 to keep it going when lockdowns and social distancing increased its costs and reduced its income.
They qualified for Sport England Active Together match funding to double the fundraising efforts.
As well as training at Kingswood Leisure Centre up to six days a week, some of the club’s squads train at Winterbourne Academy and Bath University Sports Village.
The children can be sponsored online at bit.ly/soundwell.