It's time to support the teams of swimmers fundraising online. Just CLICK & DONATE!
Update on 14/01/2018. All slots are now booked. It's time now to support the teams with fundraising. Just click & donate! Scroll down to find the teams' fundraising links.
You can still send your Team Entry Form and we will add you onto a waiting list.
TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE!
is simple as 1-2-3:
1. Get a team
of 4-6, complete Team Entry Form and
send it to email@example.com
2. Raise funds
3. Swim for 1
All ages from
8+ are invited to enter
- Team Entry Form
- Info Pack
- Sponsorship Form
start your fundraising page:
on “Start Fundraising” button. You will need to be registered with My
support, please ring or text 07764 85 49 49
Please support the teams who started their fundraising pages displayed with links below.
Just CLICK & DONATE!
- Team Ice Cream - Bella, Lucy, Madison, Caoimhe, Chloe and Claudia are school friends in Year 5 who attend John Hampden Primary School, Thame. They are very keen swimmers and are looking forward to entering their second swimathon. They are raising funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Thame Rotary Charities
- Barley Hill School Thame's - 4 Teams - Barley Hill Barracudas, Team Haste, Fantastic Five, Zoomy Zebras. These 4 wonderful teams of children (and a few adults!) from Barley Hill Primary School are going to be swimming as many lengths as they possibly can to raise money for Barley Hill School PTFA and the Thame Rotary Charities.
- Team Bill - Cave - The team is raising funds for Rotary Charities and one charity in support of children with disabilities
- Wheatley Park School Interact Club - A group of 4 Interact students will be swimming for 1 hour. Other Wheatley Park interactors will be volunteering at the Thame Swimathon by counting the lengths swum by other teams. The main local charity, which will be supported from the money raised, is SeeSaw. This charity is set up to meet the needs of bereaved children and young people and it it based in Oxfordshire.
The event is possible due to generous
local sponsors who kindly covered most of the costs: Thame Leisure Centre (Better), Aston Hearing Thame, Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust.
How does Thame
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.
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
team member gets sponsorship for the TEAM either by total number of lengths
swum which can be up to 100 lengths or sponsorship can be a lump sum for taking
charities and a Team’s chosen charity if one is put forward.
swimmers have lots of fun trying to swim as many lengths and raise as much
sponsorship as they can.
Who can take part?
over the age of 8 – Local Groups - Charities – Companies - Families – Friends –
Churches – Offices – Shops –Scouts & Guides – Cubs & Brownies –
Swimming Clubs – Health Clubs - Schools & Colleges – Policemen –
Firemen – Paramedics – Nurses & Doctors – Businesses – Dentists
team member who swims will be given a commemorative medal and a certificate.
What does a Team do?
Before the Swimathon
Download Team Entry Form, Info Pack and Sponsorship Form
ring Marius Ciortan on 07764 85 49 49
Captain sends the completed Team Entry Form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain obtains allocated start time for Thame Swimathon from Rotary Club of Thame.
Whilst a preferred
start time can be requested on the Entry Form this cannot be guaranteed.
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.
completed Sponsorship Form(s) to your Team Captain before the Swimathon or on
On the day of the Thame
Before your swim
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 Thame Swimathon
Welcome Area. Bring a £1.00 coin for
your locker (returnable)
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
of Team hands in copy of Entry Form and Team Sponsorship Forms.
waits for Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms to be checked
Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms are checked Team get changed.
assembles pool side 15 minutes prior to their allocated start time i.e. 45
minutes before the hour.
waits 10 minutes until previous group of swimmers have finished got out of the
water and left the start/finish end of the pool.
splits 3 to each end of the pool and enter water. NO DIVING IS ALLOWED.
swims their lengths with one swimmer swimming at any one time
Have a great Swim!
Team’s lengths will be recorded for you
After your Swim
the pool and receive medals on the way out of the pool area.
Captain goes to Registration and collects Certificates for each Entrant which
will state Team Name and Lengths Swam by Team. Also the Team captain will
receive a letter stating the amount pledged by the Team, being the total of all
the Sponsorship Forms completed by the Team’s members and the Sponsorship
After the Thame Swimathon
Team Members collect their sponsorship forms from the Team Captain.
Members collect their sponsorship money.
Captain collects all Team Members sponsorship money and checks the total equals
the amount pledged by the Team on the letter.
Rotary nominated charities to be supported by this event are local to Thame and
main Local Charities thatis supported by this event is:
- SeeSaw - an Oxfordshire based charity set up to meet the needs of bereaved children and young people in Oxfordshire.
You have got the
option to fundraise for your preferred charity
See FAQ section below - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why should I get involved?
A. Not only to raise vital funds
for local much needed charities BUT to have lots of FUN being part of a great
Q. What types of teams enter?
A. We have teams from
schools, youth groups (eg Scouts), families, work colleagues, sports clubs,
local businesses, charities and groups of friends. Everyone is made very welcome, and they all
leave with a great sense of achievement.
Q. How well do I have to be able to swim if I
want to enter?
A. All swimmers have to be
safe in 3 ft water, but because you only swim one length at a time you don’t
have to be especially strong, just confident.
You will be in the water for 55 minutes, but you will be resting between
lengths. The whole team may swim about 100 lengths altogether, but if one of
you is much stronger than the others, that person could swim more lengths than
their team mates. Taking part is what
Rotary in sole charge of the Event?
A. The activity within the Pool building is under the supervision
and control of the Pool management at all times. Rotary Club of Thame is
organising the Event.
A: The minimum age for swimmers is eight years (at the time of the
event). Children under sixteen years old need the consent of their parents or
guardians or carers. In the case of School Teams, this may be arranged through
the school, if the Rotary Club of Thame agrees in advance.
Q. How are
the supported charities chosen?
A. The Rotary Club of Thame chooses those local charities which in
its view are most deserving of support.
As to the number of charities, we wish to make a worthwhile contribution
to those that we support, but also to spread the benefit. Supporting up to five
charities each year has seemed appropriate.
Q. Can I
fundraise for my preferred charity?
A. You have got the option to allocate 50% of your team’s money
raised towards the charity of your choice or 100% towards Rotary’s charities.
You can indicate this by ticking the appropriate option on the Team Entry Form.
In both cases all moneys will be collected by Rotary Club of Thame which will
apply for Gift Aid as appropriate. Once this process is completed, Rotary Club
of Thame will make a donation towards the charity of your choice, should this
option be taken.
Q. Can I
fundraise on line?
A. Yes. You can create your own fundraising page on My Donate
Portal under the Thame Swimathon 2016 page and then share the link with your
family, friends, and colleagues asking them to donate online.
To start you fundraising page:
- Go to mydonate.bt.com/events/thameswimathon2018
- Click on “Start
Fundraising” button. You will need to be registered with My Donate.
- For support,
please ring or text 07764 85 49 49
Thame Swimathon in the media
Thame Gazette on 7 January 2017: Join in with this year's Thame Swimathon
Thame.net on 6 December 2016: Challenge Yourself! The Thame Swimathon 2017
Thame Hub in December 2016: Thame Swimathon 2017
Mix 96 FM on 3 March 2016 - 34 Miles Swam at Thame Charity Event
Mix 96 FM on 28 Feb 2016 - Swimathon Returns to Thame
Thame.net on 24 Feb 2016: It’s time to support the teams for Thame Swimathon 2016!
Thame.net on 26 Jan 2016: Grab a free slot at The Thame Swimathon 2016!
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