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Rotary Swimathon - a fun and fundraising event on behalf of local charities. (photo by Nick White)
Rotary Club of Thame's Swimathon - First Edition
|Where?||Thame Leisure Centre|
|When?||Sunday 7 October 2012 - 10:00 - 13:00|
|On behalf of the following local charities:||
Thame Rotary's local charities:
Covering the costs to hire the swimming pool:
Providing the medals:
Providing the meeting rooms for the organising committee:
Providing the T-shirts for the volunteers helping during the Swimathon:
|Teams of 6 swimmers||Each team swam for 55 minutes and raised funds for the nominated local charities.|
Being part of the London Olympics and Paralympics legacy, the first edition of the Thame Rotary Swimathon took place at the Thame Leisure Centre on Sunday 7 October.
Swimmers from Thame Swimming Club with their medals and certificates (photo by Nick White)
Around 60 people of different ages swam in teams of 6 or so for one hour. Groups from Racquets, Lightfoots, Thame Swimming Club, Chinnor Cubs, Lord Williams’ School, “Help for Alex”, “Haddenham Ducklings” and others were represented by enthusiastic swimmers.
Bob Livings, the President of the Rotary Club of Thame said: “All teams had a fabulous time and helped raise around £1,000 for the nominated local charities for which the Rotary Club of Thame is very grateful. We hope to repeat the event each year, so keep an eye for details in 2013”.
Bob added: “ Our thanks go to our sponsors, club members, friends and relatives, but especially to the teams of swimmers from Thame and neighbouring villages without which this event could not have happened."
Did you miss the 2012 edition? Please download the Team Entry Form for the following year and read the information below.
To get a complete Rotary Swimathon Application Pack you will need to download all 3 pdf files below:
Please send the completed Team Entry Form to Peter Hook, 3 Croft Close, Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3JG. or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not delay sending the Team Entry Form! The time slots are allocated to the teams of swimmers on a "first come - first served" basis.
How does a Swimathon Work?
We are looking for teams of up to 6 swimmers. Each team is given a lane of the pool and will swim for 55 minutes. BUT ONLY ONE TEAM MEMBER SWIMS AT A TIME.
On average this means that each swimmer does about 10-20 lengths during the 55 minutes, but there is no need for each team member to swim the same number of lengths.
Every team member gets sponsorship for the TEAM’S TOTAL NUMBER OF LENGTHS SWUM, which can be up to 100 lengths or more or sponsorship can be a lump sum for taking part.
Please refer to later for the sequence of events for each team.
Local charities get money to help with their important work.
The swimmers have lots of fun trying to swim as many lengths and raise as much sponsorship as they can.
The Rotary Club of Thame hope to establish the Swimathon as an annual fund raising event.
The profile of Rotary is raised.
Who can take part?
Everyone - Rotary Clubs – Charities – Families – Friends – Churches – Offices – Shops –Scouts & Guides – Cubs & Brownies – Swimming Clubs – Health Clubs - Schools & Colleges – Policemen – Firemen – Paramedics – Nurses & Doctors – Businesses – Dentists
Every team member who swims will be given a commemorative medal.
What does a Team do?
Before the Swimathon
Send the Team Entry Form to Peter Hook, 3 Croft Close, Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3JG. or email to email@example.com
Team Captain obtains allocated start time for Swimathon from Peter Hook.
Whilst a preferred start time can be requested on the Entry Form this cannot be guaranteed.
Individuals in the Team find sponsors and enter these on their Sponsorship Forms. Sign up your Sponsors – as Gift Aid if possible. Remember to get the Form filled in correctly (see Form for guidance). You can complete more than one Sponsorship Form if you wish.
Give completed Sponsorship Form(s) to your Team Captain before the Swimathon or on the day.
On the day of the Swimathon
Before your swim
Team turns up 45 minutes before their allocated start time. (Gather outside the Leisure Centre or inside and enter as a Team and go to the Reception.
Bring a £1.00 coin for your locker (returnable)
Individuals bring your sponsorship form(s) if you have not already handed them to your Team Captain
Please DO NOT bring your Sponsorship money to the Swimathon
Captain of Team hands in copy of Entry Form and Team Sponsorship Forms
Team wait for Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms to be checked
Once Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms checked Team get changed
Team assemble pool side 15 minutes prior to their allocated start time i.e. 45 minutes before the hour
Team wait 10 minutes until previous group of swimmers have finished got out of the water and left the start/finish end of the pool.
Team split 3 to each end of the pool and enter water. NO DIVING IS ALLOWED
Team swim their lengths with one swimmer swimming at any one time
Have a great Swim!
Your lengths will be recorded for you
After your Swim
After 55 minutes Teams to exit the pool and receive their medals on the way out of the pool area.
Team Captain goes to Registration and collects Certificates for each Entrant which will state Team Name, Team Number, Names of Members of the Team, Lengths Swam by Team, Amount Pledged by Team and Teams Sponsorship Forms.
After the Swimathon
Individual Team Members collect their sponsorships forms from the Team Captain.
Team Captain collects all Team Members sponsorship money and checks the total equals the amount pledged and stated on the Certificate given out at the Swimathon.
Team Captain gives the total Sponsorship money for the Team to Peter Hook, 3 Croft Close, Thame Oxfordshire OX9 3JG
All fields are required.