Row the Channel to save Swim Bournemouth

by Deby Sturgess in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Row the Channel to save Swim Bournemouth

Total raised £532

raised so far



To raise money to help save my swimming club where I’m a young paraswimmer & this club has trained para coaches.

by Deby Sturgess in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

I will either give the whole amount over and above what I raise to the Swim Club if they havent reached their target to save the club or I will use the excess for my British Heart Foundation Swim in July.

the weekend of 10/11 April I will row on my rowing machine 33km (22 miles) the channel swim distance.  I want to help save my swim club, Swim Bournemouth and any excess over my £500 will go towards my British heart foundation sea swim in July.

Swim Bournemouth have, as many others, struggled with not being able to use swimming pools during the Covid Pandemic.

I am a young Paraswimmer who has found a sport I can do with my physical and mental disabilities and I have a coach at Swim Bournemouth who has taken me from a non swimmer/water hater to a lover of the water and became a  4 x Gold medal winner at the National Junior Para championships a week before lockdown 1.  I had also qualified for the Paralympic trials for Tokyo but will now have to wait until 2024.

Swimming helps me in so many ways physically and mentally and I do not want to loose my club.  So like a few of my swimming club pals I am raising money to help towards paying our pool hire and to ensure we have a coaches poolside.  

I am not able to run, cycle, walk any distance but I have a rowing machine and so I am going to attempt, with the help of my coach to row, over 2 days, the 22 miles (33km) of the Channel swim distance.  A few years ago I managed to help save my learn to swim pool and this time I want to help save the swimming club I progressed to and with whom I hope to make proud by competing for my country.

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