Nearly one hundred students and staff from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently took to the pool to partake in Swimathon 2015. This is a nationwide challenge that encourages swimmers from up and down the UK to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool to raise money for charity.
The event took place at Brookvale Recreation Centre, which is located alongside to OBA, and was co-ordinated by PE staff and Year Ten Sports Leaders. Students and staff from across the Academy who took part donated money to Marie Curie Cancer Care, and dived into the event with great energy and gusto. Each had forty minutes to challenge themselves to complete as many lengths as possible, and an astonishing 3094 lengths were achieved in total by eighty eight students and seven staff who competed. This is equivalent to 77,350 metres or the distance from Runcorn to Preston!
The Sports Leaders motivated the participants in advance and spurred them on throughout the event, really helping to create a positive atmosphere on the day. The perseverance on the day was inspiring, with every single participant displaying 100% effort and many students being amazed at how far they had managed to swim; the average number of lengths per student was over twenty!
One student who participated said:
"I really enjoyed the Swimathon as it gave me a chance to challenge myself and raise money for charity. I will take great care of my medal because when I look at it, I feel very proud."
Speaking about the event, PE Teacher and the main co-ordinator of the event in OBA, Miss E. Belford said:
"I was so impressed with the attitude and motivation of both the students and the staff on the day as everybody tried their best and should feel immensely proud. Not only did they push themselves to the limit, but they also managed to raise money for such a wonderful cause. They all did so well. The current total raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care sits at £325.62 but there is still a lot of money being donated, so the final sum should be even more impressive. We must offer special thanks to the staff at Brookvale Recreation Centre for helping us to organise the event so smoothly and we are always grateful that we are able to use their facilities, not only for events like this, but on a day-to-day basis."
Mark Wyss, Principal, added:
"I would like to congratulate all those who organised and took part in the Swimathon. Anyone who played a part in any way at all did themselves and OBA proud. The determination displayed by all to make this such a successful event was admirable. OBA Swimathon 2016 is already on next year’s calendar!"