An evening of celebration for Skipton Swimarathon

An evening of celebration for Skipton Swimarathon

23rd October 2018

The Skipton Swimarathon hosted an evening of swimming celebration at Beau Sejour on 17th October, recognising the fundraising efforts of participants and the special swimming achievements of Islanders.

The Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas, was present to hand out awards to a large audience of winners, sponsors and supporters of Guernsey’s largest community charity event. This year saw a record number of over 2,300 swimmers take part, including many more from the ‘At Large’ schools of Les Beaucamps High, St.Sampsons High & Le Murier, and Elizabeth College.

The top trophy of the evening was awarded to St. Sampson High for their ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the event, having contributed over 200 swimmers and raising the most funds. Les Beaucamps High, the Grammar School, La Mare des Carteret High and Elizabeth College Junior School (Beechwood) also were awarded trophies for completing the most laps within their various age groups.

Beau Sejour Swim School and the Guernsey Swimming Club won cups for the most laps achieved in the swim school categories ranging from the under 6’s to the over 16 year olds.

Three special awards were presented on the evening for personal achievements in the world of swimming. Kiri Knight, the blind swimmer who swam unaided across Grand Harve Bay accompanied by international swimmer Adrian Sarchet, was awarded ‘Most Improved Swimmer’ by the Sports Association for the Disabled. David Parsons won the ‘Special Endeavour’ cup for the most promising young disabled swimmer and Maggie Bichard won the Brian Hockey Memorial Trophy for ‘Services to Disabled Swimming’.

Skipton Swimarathon Chairman, Nick Guillemette, said: “The evening was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the efforts of our local swimmers and to recognise the power of swimming in uniting a community for such worthwhile charities. In particular, the schools and local swimming clubs made a huge effort to raise funds and it was clear they really enjoyed their time in the pool. We remain extremely grateful to our sponsors, Skipton International, for their continued support of this event and for all those who gave up their time and money for charitable causes.”

Organisers are hopeful that the fundraising target of £53,000 will be reached, with £48,000 of sponsorship having already been collected. This will allow Le Murier School, as the main beneficiary, to complete their Village project with the remainder of funds going towards other local projects being supported by the organising clubs of Guernsey Round Table and Lions Club of Guernsey.

The Skipton Community Fund provides support to smaller good causes across the Channel Islands in addition to the bank's sponsorship of the Skipton Swimarathon.