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Leading charity Diabetes UK is looking for swimmers in Devon

Authored by Mary

Diabetes UK is looking for people from Devon to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. People taking on the challenge can swim in their local pool alone or, better still, with family, friends or colleagues.

There are an...

Swimmers: Make a splash for charity

Authored by Mary

PEOPLE in the South West are being urged to sign up to Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, to raise money for two great causes, Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Swimmers of all ages and abilities are being invited to take part in the annual sponsored event in pools across the region and help raise money for both charities.

This year, there are lots of...

Mass open water swim to raise tens of thousands for charity

Authored by Philippa

One of the UK’s most scenic and popular open water swims, which is also becoming a major charity fundraising event, enters its eighth year when it takes place on the river Dart in September.

The Dart 10K was the first swim of its kind on the open water calendar and quickly grew from 200 swimmers taking part to 1,600 over two days.

It now raises tens of thousands of pounds for...

The Lions Club of Plymouth Swimarathon 2017

Authored by Jim Stevens

After our very successful first Swimarathon in October 2015 the Lions Club of Plymouth are holding our second in March 2017 at the Saltash Leisure Centre.

It is an opportunity for charities, organisations, groups, or indeed anyone interested in fundraising for their chosen cause.

At the same time you will be supporting the three main charities chosen by the dcLions as shown on...

Invitation to The Lions Club of Plymouth Swimarathon 2017

After our very successful first Swimarathon in October 2015 the Lions Club of Plymouth are holding our second in March 2017 at the Saltash Leisure Centre.

It is an opportunity for charities, organisations, groups, or indeed anyone interested in fundraising for their chosen cause.

At the same time you will be supporting the three main charities chosen by the dcLions as shown on the flier attached.

We would like to invite your organisation to take part. Do, please, look at the attachments.

Please ask for any further information which you need but, at this...

Swimming safety schemes get underway

Authored by Marc Astley

It’s hoped more Plymouth children than ever before will be water confident this summer.

Plymouth City Council’s Second Chance to Swim scheme is back along with the ASA and RNLI’s Swim Safe water safety scheme.

Second Chance to Swim ensures that any child who didn’t learn to swim during their primary school intensive swimming programme gets another opportunity to learn....

Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon

Authored by News Desk

Here in Devon we are proud of our beautiful landscapes that offer all of us the opportunity to get outdoors and soak up the delicious views.

Just in time for the summer season a new book is coming out which will provide everyone with the chance to get out and explore the wonderful area.

Entitled "Wild Swimming Walks - Dartmoor and South Devon, 28 Lake, River and Beach Days Out...

Pledge to make sure every child in Plymouth can swim officially launched

Authored by Mary

Plymouth’s top swimming stars are showing their support for a new swimming pledge that will ensure every child in the city has the opportunity to learn to swim.

The Second Chance to Swim scheme is Plymouth City Council’s pledge to ensure that any child who didn’t learn to swim during their primary school intensive swimming programme gets another opportunity to learn this essential...

Double success for Plymouth swimmers

Authored by Mary

A pair of Plymouth University swimmers are set to dip their toes in the water at the short course world championships in Doha in December.

Matthew Zammit and Mindaugas Sadauskas will compete alongside almost 900 swimmers from over 40 countries at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), a week-long event, which includes 34 individual races and 12 relays.

Matthew, a second-...

Megan prepares for World School Games

Authored by jamesreddy

16-year-old from Ivybridge gets ready for Brazil honour

16-year-old Ivybridge student Megan Bowen is putting her heart and soul into training as she prepares for her biggest honour to date – competing for her school and country in the International Swimming Federation’s (ISF) World School Games in Brazil.

Megan will be swimming in the 200 and 400 metres freestyle events, and...

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