Successful 24-hour swimathon in Launceston

Big day: Myra Donnelly.
Big day: Myra Donnelly.

A 24-hour swimathon in Launceston raised more than $16,000 to improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.

Some 59 swimmers in four teams swam a total of 278.4 kilometres and raised $16,762.50. The Lemming Lapstars won the team award. They swam 70.55km and raised $8420.

The highest individual fundraiser was Errol Kilov ($4470) while the youth award went to Charlotte Pilsbury-Milne, 12, from the Launceston Grammar  team ($455) closely followed  by Gabe Collette, 11, from the same team ($450). Riverside Aquatic won the best dressed team award (and also swam the furthest _ 87.75km), while former club captain Jack Sladden, 16, won the 100m sprint in 58.8 seconds.

Marika Sisa, of Melbourne, program manager for the MS 24-hour mega swim, thanked swimmers and supporters for their efforts. "We are so impressed with their hard work, effort, passion and commitment," she said.

Funds raised go towards scholarships, financial assistance programs and services to aid those living with multiple sclerosis.

Water works

Launceston Aquatic Centre will close for maintenance and upgrades from September 11 to 24. Work will include installing new flooring around indoor pool areas, realigning entry and exit areas, replacing some change room partitions, maintenance work on tiles and expansion joints in the 50m and program pools.

Back up

Backstroke is the focus of a JX clinic in Hobart on September 23. Melbourne coach Wayne Lawes will take the session and the cost is $10.

Dinner time

The Swimming Tasmania community day has a new format with an awards dinner at the North Esk Rowing Club, Launceston, on Saturday, October 28, from 6pm.

Diary dates

  • August 12: Time trial, Hobart.
  • August 13: Time trial, Launceston.
  • August 26: Time trial, Hobart.
  • September 9-10: State short course championships, Hobart.
  • Sep 23: JX Clinic, Hobart.
  • Oct 14: Time trial, L’ton.
  • Oct 21: Time trial, Hobart.
  • Oct 28: Time trial, Launceston.
  • October 28: Swim Tas awards night, Launceston.