Swimming for Sport Relief

On Friday 13th March, Clevedon Swimming Club held an exciting speed event to raise funds for Sport Relief.

All squads, with swimmers aged from 8 to 18, spent their usual Friday night training session swimming as many lengths as possible, as fast as possible to see how far they could swim.

Together the squads swam 133,000m in 60 minutes and raised £163 for Sport Relief.

One local charity which benefits from Sport Relief is Vision North Somerset, a swimming group for visually impaired swimmers.

Sue Clinton, Clevedon’s Improver Squad coach volunteers at the group and commented;

“The group I volunteer at is called Splash and Chat which supports over 1500 North Somerset residents with visual impairment.

Volunteer drivers collect members, all adults over 55,  from Clevedon, Portishead and Weston and bring them to Strode Leisure Centre to swim in two reserved lanes. This service is free of charge and uses volunteers to guide to use changing rooms and in lanes.

The grant we received from Sport Relief in previous years helped to pay for petrol costs of volunteer drivers.”

Patricia Leaman, Head Coach said “Wow, Team Clevedon managed to swim to France and back, twice, in just one hour! What a team. Thanks to all the coaches, swimmers and poolside helpers who made it happen. We hope our contribution goes some way to supporting local charities in North Somerset.”

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To find out more about Vision North Somerset, visit their website;