‘Swim to Greece’ challenge for club

Members of the Ythan Amateur Swimming Club with their coaches
Members of the Ythan Amateur Swimming Club with their coaches

A local swimming club has started a ‘Swim to Greece’ fundraiser in a bid to get members to a warm weather camp later this year.

Members of the Ythan Amateur Swimming Club will swim the equivalent distance from Aberdeen to Loutraki by completing lengths of Ellon Swimming Pool.

The club started its challenge on Friday, April 19, and it aims to complete it by the end of September.

The club has also set a fundraising goal of £3,000 to enable members to travel to the warm weather camp and take part.

Coach Barry Gault said: “This is our first attempt at getting to a warm weather camp and we have 21 swimmers taking part aged between ten and 33. We worked out that the route to swim is 5,656 kilometers and it would see them start at the North Sea, head along the English Channel, through the Strait of Gibraltar, into the Mediterranean Sea, and land at Loutraki.

“It averages at around 270km per swimmer which is nearly 11,000 lengths of the pool here which is 25 meters.”

Barry added: “We are looking for as many sponsors as possible and we would welcome company sponsorships too.

“We are looking to get club t-shirts printed so we would be happy to include company logos if possible.

“The club is progressing really well and a lot of our swimmers are going out to compete in National and Regional competitions.

“We felt it was a good time for the club to do its first warm weather camp as we are in such a great place now.

“We hope that by going to Greece for the camp that we will give our members the best training and fantastic memories to look back on in the future.”

To support the club with their challenge, donations can be given online at www.gofundme.com/ythan-asc-greece-2019.