Monday, 8 March 2010

Look - No Armbands! (a big swim)

Swimmers during learn to swim week, at a suburban swimming pool, probably Wellington region, ca 1939

In just over 5 weeks I will be doing a long-ish sponsored swim for charity, as part of the national annual Swimathon event. The charity is called Marie Curie Cancer Care, and they provide special nurses who care for people with cancer in their last weeks of life, in the patients' own homes. The Marie Curie nurses do an invaluable and extremely difficult job, and I aim to raise around £100 for them by doing this sponsored swim.

I did the Swimathon last year (Little Tiger is wearing the medal below, which everyone gets just for completing the swimathon) and I’ve decided to swim the same distance, 2.5 km (so that’s 100 lengths of a 25 metre pool, or approx. 1 ½ miles). I found it do-able, but for a few days after I felt really exhausted. So at the moment I’m training myself up by doing longer and longer swims at the same pool where I’ll be doing the Swimathon – at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre which was originally built for the 1991 World Student Games, and boasts one of Europe’s deepest diving pools at 5.85 metres.

I’m not a fast swimmer at all, actually I’m pretty slow so if I manage the swim in less than 1 ½ hrs I’ll be happy. I do get quite jealous of folks who can swim fast and with a beautiful technique, then do a fast flip-turn at the end of the lane… Well, all I can do is my best!

If you would like to sponsor me, please go to my sponsorship page: Joey's Swimathon Page and you can give by debit or credit card. If you’re a bit shy and don’t want your name to show for everyone to see, just untick the box which says "I give permission for my name to be displayed...", and your donation will show as “anonymous”.

Thank you reading!
Best Wishes
Joey xx


  1. I have not been swimming in YEARS. I just realised this. No particular reason (that I realised this, and no particular reason I haven't been swimming.)

    I must go swimming. I will go swimming. Only small things to consider - like where will I find enough water?

    I hope to report back with my swimming endeavours - thanks for the reminder, that swimming exists!

  2. Good for you Joey you are a total star I will immediately sponsor you - money for a good cause. Good luck!

  3. Good luck Joey - You're very brave to do this :)

    Marie Curie is a very deserving cause !!


  4. Joey!

    What a fabulous thing to do, and it doesn't matter how long it takes, its the taking part that is what its all about!
    About the daffodil by the way..couldn't not mention that Im having a wee giveaway on my blog, and the very corsage you liked on my flickr page is up for grabs! Why not pop over if you get chance and take part? Its running til the 21st March and you can read about it here:

    Love Julia x x x

  5. Ah hem - Joey - you will be happy to know that I CAN come and cheer you on when you do the Swimathon - Yay!

    (I promise I won't fall asleep in my stationary position whilst you are swimming away.)

    If anyone else would like to join me you're very welcome - I'd better get sewing the banner eh!



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