Emma Priestman and four of her friends are taking on a 5k challenge at Open Water Swimathon 2019 to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Emma and her team, known as the Wetsuit Warriors, have so far raised more than £2,700. Find out why these two charities are so close to Emma's heart.
Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is back for 2018 and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in to one of over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie, two charities close to the nation's hearts.
Team GB swimming heroes Mark Foster and Duncan Goodhew are urging people to swim for the loved ones in their life who have been affected by terminal illness and cancer by signing up to Swimathon 2020.
Meet one of our Swimathon Ambassadors - Esther Chambers, and read about her experience at this year's Ambassador Day hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist and Swimathon President Duncan Goodhew!
Being a part of Swimathon has given me the same feeling that I had in Cuba last year. Swimming is one of the few sports with a higher percentage of female participants than male. When I head to the pool it is fantastic to see women of all shapes, sizes and abilities taking part.
It’s not easy being an adult non–swimmer. People automatically assume as an adult you should know how to swim. You want to learn to swim but you feel stupid and too embarrassed to actually go and learn. That is me, the person who has always wanted to learn but felt too stupid and embarrassed to go.
Swimathon ambassador, Stephen Morrison discusses a few of the barriers that exist that make swimming an activity that we fear. Since signing up for Swimathon 2018, Stephen has managed to build confidence in the water and says it's been the best thing he's ever done, not just for his wellbeing, but for his family too.
Body image and self-esteem can be distorted by many factors, including our moods and emotions, early experiences, our parents' attitudes and impressions that we get from the media. So, what can you do about this? How can you improve your body confidence, so that the walk from the changing room to the poolside doesn't strike fear into your heart?
Learning to swim, can be a daunting prospect. The first piece of advice I would offer is, tell those you know of your plan to learn to swim. You may find yourself receiving questioning responses and raised eyebrows, as I did. You are never "too old" to learn to swim, swimming lessons are not the preserve of children. Supportive friends and family will prove invaluable on your journey.
The Swimathon Foundation, the charity behind the hugely successful Swimathon campaign, is delighted to announce the introduction of a new challenge as part of the Swimathon family - Open Water Swimathon.