Soroptimist Swimathon

It doesn’t matter whether you are 8 or 80 and whether you swim fast or slow, do crawl or doggy-paddle, so long as you can rustle up a team of six, you can take part in this Swimathon.  It is one of the most successful fund raising events in the south west – since its inception in 1988 over £650,520 has been given directly to a variety of locally-based charities – see Swimathon Charities.

Here are some of the highlights from the 31st Swimathon in February 2019:

The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Catherine Herbert, wishes everyone luck and opens the Swimathon.  Our lovely referee, Terry Beale, also pictured.
Swimmers from Milsted Langdon teams A to E ready to be the first teams into the pool - a long-standing tradition.
Some of the Soroptimist Swimathon team members with the Mayor.
Members of SI Taunton manning the check-in desk.
The trophy table and photos from previous years.
St Margaret's Hospice Sunflowers and Mermaids ready to swim.  The Hospice is one of the charities being supported in 2019.
The Stone Sharks and all their supporters in matching T shirts.
ST3 from Taunton Swimming Club - two teams called the Stingrays and Swordfish.
Wildlife Trust entry, the Bathing Badgers.  Looking great in their badger outfits and carrying the Team with a Theme into the pool.
Team Home Ed Howlers.
Congratulations to Dark Horses - the team that swam the most laps over the weekend - 88
Swimmers from Ashfords Solicitors.
Congratulations to Deep CA Divers - one of the teams from Citizens Advice (one of the supported charities in 2019).  They pledged the highest sponsorship over the weekend - £785.
The three teams from Lentells Accountants displaying their medals after their swim.
Archies Friends from Reminiscence Learning with this year's entry for Team with a Theme - costumes through the decades.
Trull Torpedoes and Mrs Wedlake's Winners - first time for two teams from Trull Primary School.
The team from My Day Day Care back to join us for a 2nd time.
The team from Morgan Court joining us again this year.
Willarts and Six of the Best are related family teams and regulars at the Swimathon.
We had a visit from BBC Bristol who came as part of their Sunday morning 'Clueless' Programme.  Oaklea Care are enjoying their swim.
Staplegrove Seals who entered because one of the children saw an advertisement and wanted to enter so that she could raise money for St Margaret's Hospice as they had looked after her Grandad.
Our very own Soroptimist Swans team - it's not just about organising the weekend but also taking part!
North Newton Primary School entered three teams and were proud to receive their medals.
Swimsach teams from Sanchia's Swimschool.  They filled the pool for an hour.
Mels Mermaids - Mel Beale entered 2 teams this year and swam in 2 more - amazing!
Swimmers from Somerset Sight teams.  They are one of the charities supported in 2019.
Members of SI Taunton and Taunton School Lifeguards with the final results from the weekend.

Taunton School generously make their pool available each year for the two days of the Swimathon.  Every swimmer gets a medal, and there are a number of trophies to be won for teams raising the most sponsorship money or swimming the most lengths.

Swimathon co-ordinator, Christine Briggs says “Teams from all over the Taunton community take part in our Swimathon, including Law firms, Accountancy firms, the Hydrographic Office, Musgrove Park Hospital, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, schools – and many, many more.  It is a real community event, and there is a great buzz.  Teams come back, year after year, and they always have a great time”.

Taunton School is the main sponsor of this event, together with valued support from Milsted Langdon, Alpha Trophies, Rockwell Printers, Timpson and The Care Partnership.

Come and join in the Swimathon; it’s the most fun you could have on a cold weekend in February – and you can get a rosy glow by raising some money for local good causes. 

For more information send an e-mail request to Swimathon Email.

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