Gold Coasters are being invited join local sporting celebrities, including Ky Hurst and Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, to participate in the inaugural Bond University Swimathon to help raise money for charity.
An initiative of Bond’s Sports Management Students, the event will be held on Saturday November 19 at the university’s Olympic size swimming pool, and aims to raise a minimum of $5,000 for the worth causes of MS Australia, the Make a Wish Foundation, SIDS and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Everyone is invited to join in and swim laps for cash, with a choice of two events designed to get both individuals and the local corporate community involved.
Solo participants can join in the individual swim, where the aim is to seek sponsorship from family and friends to the amount of $1 per lap and then swim for as long as the lungs will allow!
The second event of the day will be the “Ultimate Corporate Relay Challenge”, where teams of four from local businesses will compete in a 200m relay race.
The winners of the preliminary races will progress to a Grand Final, with the winner taking home the coveted title of “Ultimate Relay Champion”.
Entry in the corporate relay is $300 per team. Local businesses Bell Legal Group, S.A.N.D. (Surfers Against Natures Destruction) and Offshore Sport are among those who have already signed up for the challenge.
Bond University ’s latest Sporting Scholar Ky Hurst will be putting his swimming prowess to good use when he takes to the pool on the day, and he is encouraging all Gold Coasters to get behind the event.
“The Swimathon is on a Saturday- which for a lot of people is their day off, so why not head to Bond and just enjoy the day.
“It’s a great opportunity to give something back to the community, and swim for a good cause,” Ky said.
Also throwing their support behind the Swimathon is Australian surfing legend Wayne Bartholomew, who said he was impressed by the initiative of the students organising the event.
“I think what the Bond students are doing is a really great thing. I support anyone who gets behind charity and I am looking forward to the excitement of the day. Our club, Sand Sippas, is entering a team and we have already planned a tactics meeting,” he said.
Anyone interested in participating on the day needs to register their interest by phoning Public Relations Officer Isa Willmann on 0404 984 463 or emailing [email protected]