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Pat Jennings launches Swimathon

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Pat Jennings launches Swimathon thumbnailPICTURED at Swimathon last Tuesday. Eithne Bell, Pat Jennings, Gillian Fitzpatrick, Brendan Curran, Gary Stokes, Kieran Gordon, Jemar Hall, Mark Poland, Ethan Rafferty and Maurice Rocks.

HUGE numbers have signed up for the Newry Leisure Centre's annual Swimathon, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week - thus ensuring an even bigger event that last year's successful venture.

The hard-working trio of Maurice and Amy Rocks, along with Brendan Curran launched the event last Tuesday at Newry Leisure Centre with Irish legend and Newry's own, Pat Jennings making an appearance. Also present were Armagh GAA duo of Jemar Hall and Ethan Rafferty plus Down's Mark Poland and Newry chairperson Gillian Fitzpatrick (a former coach with the Newry Swimming Club who has promised faithfully she will do a stint in the water).

The 36-hour swim will raise money for worthy charities, The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the Click Sargent Children's cancer charity.

Paralympian swimmer and four-time gold medallist Bethany Firth will kick off the event. Maurice Rocks and Brendan Curran have praised the Newry Mourne and Down Council as well as the Newry Leisure Centre management who have whole-heartedly embraced the spirit of this popular event.

The Swimathon is a fun event for every level of swimmer, young and old alike, regardless of whether participants can swim just one length - or a hundred. As long as the swimmers donate a minimum of 10, that's all that's required.

So take the plunge and join the Christmas charity spirit by booking a slot at the Newry Leisure Centre. But get a move on; the slots are going fast.

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