Lapping up lots of fun

By Jessica Micallef

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming – that’s the message Gisborne Thunder Swim Club will promote during its first 24-hour swim-a-thon.

Club committee member Kyle Cozens said everyone was invited to swim as they pleased during the 24-hour event.

“People from anywhere can come and swim at any point during the 24 hours,” he said.

“They can swim as many laps as they want – they can swim 10 or 1000.

“The idea is that you get sponsored per lap and half the money raised goes to Gisborne Community Food Bank and half goes to the club … for skill sessions.

“It’s a really fun thing to do – to swim in the middle of the night and raise money.”

Mr Cozens said sleeping arrangements would be made for people who wished to spend the night at the pool.

“People are able to sleep at the pool, either in a tent or out in the grass or inside on the floor,” he said.

The aquatic centre’s kitchen facilities will be available for food preparation and a food station will be set up on the pool deck.

The club will provide breakfast and certificates of achievements will be given to all swimmers.

The swim-a-thon will run from 5pm on Friday, July 12, to 5pm on Saturday, July 13, at Gisborne Aquatic Centre, 6 Aitken Street, Gisborne.