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Challenge yourself to 'Swim the Distance' at the Olympic Pool

26 Jul 2011

Challenge yourself to 'Swim the Distance' at the Olympic Pool

Gisborne Olympic Pool staff often hear people saying that they would like to swim more often but just need that incentive to get them out of the house. The ‘Swim the Distance’ Challenge could be just that, says pool manager Hendrik Geyer.

For an entry fee of only $50, each participant gets 2 months unlimited entry to the Olympic Pool, including the spa and therapy pool when available.  As swimmers swim the distance over the 2 months of August and September, they can earn additional entries into the prize pool, and see if they can claim the grand prize of a weekend stay in a Mahia holiday home. With the fantastic response from local Gisborne businesses and the amount of swimmers that have already signed up for the challenge, Swim The Distance 2011 is shaping up to be a wonderful event with something for every swimmer, no matter what their age or ability.

“August and September is a time when people start to think about getting in shape for summer and this could be the perfect occasion to help achieve that. The swim challenge takes place in the comfortable 27 degree warmth of the Olympic 50m pool. Life guards help track your progress so that all the participants have to worry about is getting in the water and swimming the distance!”

The event was held last year with 65 participants, of which 28 achieved the 45.5km target. The concept is based upon the idea of having a ‘virtual challenge’ where people can track their swimming with visible land marks that they can relate to. To be able to say that they ‘have swum to Young Nicks Head’ will be a great feeling, and it seems to make the achievement more tangible.

“The 45.5km between Midway Beach and Mahia is a challenging yet achievable goal for most people, and it doesn’t have to be done all at once.  An average of 750 meters a day or a bit over 5km a week will get you there. ‘Slow and steady wins the race’, so to speak. It’s a personal challenge where everyone can do as little or as much as they have the time for, Mr Geyer adds.

The event is also a great springboard for those that are learning to swim, especially as Water Wekas Survival School are offering free swimming lessons over the months of August and September, to be held every Sunday at 12 noon.”

Water Wekas are also putting up some major spot prizes, along with Resene Gisborne and Captain Cook Motor Lodge. ‘On The Beach’ restaurant is once again putting on a fantastic prize giving at the end of the challenge.