Stand Up To Cancer Swim Challenge Motivating Non-Swimmers to Swim!
A group of non-swimming adults in Stockton-on-Tees are overcoming the odds to swim as many lengths as they can to raise money for this year’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign.
The adults, who are all part of Tees Active’s adult learn to swim scheme, are motivating each other to improve their swimming abilities and raise as much money as possible. Tees Active has launched a swimming challenge across their swimming pools in Billingham, Stockton and Thornaby, to coincide with Channel 4’s Sink or Swim challenge, which saw 11 celebrities aim to swim the English Channel in September.
Tees Active Swimming Instructor, Julie Jobson, explained “every adult in the class started the scheme unable to swim, with ages varying from 35 to 70. Taking part in Tees Active’s challenge is proving to be a really big motivator in our lessons and having a goal is encouraging them to push themselves further.”
Stephen, 47, and his son, 9, are both part of Tees Active’s Learn to Swim Scheme as Stephen wanted to be able to swim with his son. “Like the others in the group, I couldn’t swim before I started. The Stand Up To Cancer swim challenge is a great motivator for all of us and I’ve even got my son taking part too! I’m completing lengths during lessons and coming to Splash when I can with my son to complete even more.”
Jean is one of the longest members of the group and explains, “I was 65 when I joined the scheme and I couldn’t swim at all before starting. Taking part in the Stand Up To Cancer swim challenge is helping us all to push ourselves, I have swam 22 lengths so far and I’m not stopping there. I really enjoy coming to the class each week and I’ve made some great friends.”
Tees Active Managing Director, Leon Jones added “we are extremely grateful for each person who is taking part in our latest swim challenge and helping us to raise money for such a great cause. The fact that the challenge is motivating new swimmers to improve their skills and get involved is great to see. We hope that their stories encourage others to come along and help us to make a difference.”