Thame Swimathon 2016
Thame Swimathon Sponsors
Rotarians and the Mayor of Thame
From left to right: Peter Hook, Marius Ciortan, Sandy Davison, Nichola Dixon
The Sugar Loafers
Peter Hook with the team from Booker Tate
Extracting the winning raffle tickets
Peter Hook with Jo Brown (EYAI)
Fun and Fundraising Event. Get a team of 6 together, swim for 1 hour and raise funds for charity.
The teams raised £4,578.71 towards charity. With the addition of Gift Aid, the grand total raised is £5,358.70. Teams swam a total of 34 miles in lengths. Fundraising continued till 2nd April 2016. The My Donate pages for Thame Swimathon 2016 are now closed. Last update: 20 May 2016.
Could you please support the following teams who have created their fundraising pages on My Donate:
- Weights Fitness : Richard Weakley, his daughter and his grandchildren are fundraising for Rotary Club of Thame and Chinnor Village Centre. You can donate here
- Richards Family: they are raising funds towards Rotary Club of Thame charities and Thomley Activity Centre. You can donate here
- EYAI: This team is raising funds for Thame Rotary and EYAI - Enhancing Young Adults Independence. You can read about them and donate
- Thame Swimming Club participates with 6 teams. The moneys raised by Lucy Day, one of the Thame Swimming Club members are to be shared between Thame Rotary Charities and Thame Swimming Club. To find out more and to donate, please click here
- Bill Family is raising money towards a cancer charity as well as for Thame Rotary Charities. Nathaniel, the team captain, age 10, has chosen to support a special cancer charity after a little girl in his class lost her mum to a rare cancer. Read the whole story and please make a donation here
- You can donate until 2 April 2016!
The teams swam according to the following schedule:
-11:00 - Thame Swimming Club teams A, B, C, D, E
-12:00 - Smart Sharks (Bill family), NFA, Thame Swimming Club F, CAB, John Hampden Swimmers
-13:00 - The Sugar Loafers, Holly's Team, The Ritchie Family, World Challenge
-14:00 - Dippers and Divers Team 1 and Team 2, EYAI, Weights Fitness, St Mathews YF.
TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE!
is simple as 1-2-3:
1. Get a team
of 4-6, complete Team Entry Form and
send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Raise funds
3. Swim for 1
All ages from
8+ are invited to enter
- Team Entry Form
- Info Pack
- Sponsorship Form
start your fundraising page:
on “Start Fundraising” button. You will need to be registered with My
support, please ring or text 07764 85 49 49
The event is possible due to generous
local sponsors who kindly covered most of the costs: Thame Leisure Centre, Park
Street Dental Clinic, Abbotts Office Solutions, Vale Life Magazine, Haddenham
Beer Festival, Booker Tate, Ignite Sports, and Silent View Windows. Chiltern View Magazines has supported us with publicity in their bi-monthly magazines.
Racquets Fitness Centre has kindly provided us space to host our organising committee meetings.
How does Thame
are looking for teams of up to 6 swimmers.
Each team is given a lane of the pool and will swim for 55 minutes. BUT ONLY ONE TEAM MEMBER SWIMS AT A TIME.
average this means that each swimmer does about 10-20 lengths during the 55
minutes, but there is no need for each team member to swim the same number of
team member gets sponsorship for the TEAM either by total number of lengths
swum which can be up to 100 lengths or sponsorship can be a lump sum for taking
charities and a Team’s chosen charity if one is put forward.
swimmers have lots of fun trying to swim as many lengths and raise as much
sponsorship as they can.
Who can take part?
over the age of 8 – Local Groups - Charities – Companies - Families – Friends –
Churches – Offices – Shops –Scouts & Guides – Cubs & Brownies –
Swimming Clubs – Health Clubs - Schools & Colleges – Policemen –
Firemen – Paramedics – Nurses & Doctors – Businesses – Dentists
team member who swims will be given a commemorative medal and a certificate.
What does a Team do?
Before the Swimathon
Download Team Entry Form and Sponsorship Form
ring Marius Ciortan on 07764 85 49 49
Captain sends the completed Team Entry Form to email@example.com
Captain obtains allocated start time for Thame Swimathon from John Singer.
Whilst a preferred
start time can be requested on the Entry Form this cannot be guaranteed.
in the Team find sponsors and enter these on their Sponsorship Forms. Sign up
your Sponsors – as Gift Aid if possible. Remember to get the Form filled in
correctly (see Form for guidance). You
can complete more than one Sponsorship Form if you wish.
completed Sponsorship Form(s) to your Team Captain before the Swimathon or on
On the day of the Thame
Before your swim
turns up 45 minutes before their allocated start time. (Gather outside the
Leisure Centre or inside and enter as a Team and go to the Thame Swimathon
Welcome Area. Bring a £1.00 coin for
your locker (returnable)
bring your sponsorship form(s) if you have not already handed them to your Team
Captain. Please DO NOT bring your
Sponsorship money to the Swimathon
of Team hands in copy of Entry Form and Team Sponsorship Forms.
waits for Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms to be checked
Entry Form and Sponsorship Forms are checked Team get changed.
assembles pool side 15 minutes prior to their allocated start time i.e. 45
minutes before the hour.
waits 10 minutes until previous group of swimmers have finished got out of the
water and left the start/finish end of the pool.
splits 3 to each end of the pool and enter water. NO DIVING IS ALLOWED.
swims their lengths with one swimmer swimming at any one time
Have a great Swim!
Team’s lengths will be recorded for you
After your Swim
the pool and receive medals on the way out of the pool area.
Captain goes to Registration and collects Certificates for each Entrant which
will state Team Name and Lengths Swam by Team. Also the Team captain will
receive a letter stating the amount pledged by the Team, being the total of all
the Sponsorship Forms completed by the Team’s members and the Sponsorship
After the Thame Swimathon
Team Members collect their sponsorship forms from the Team Captain.
Members collect their sponsorship money.
Captain collects all Team Members sponsorship money and checks the total equals
the amount pledged by the Team on the letter.
Rotary nominated charities to be supported by this event are local to Thame and
Local Charities that are supported by this event are:
Advice Bureau Thame
You have got the
option to fundraise for your preferred charity
See FAQ section beloFrequently Asked
Why should I get involved?
A. Not only to raise vital funds
for local much needed charities BUT to have lots of FUN being part of a great
Q. What types of teams enter?
A. We have teams from
schools, youth groups (eg Scouts), families, work colleagues, sports clubs,
local businesses, charities and groups of friends. Everyone is made very welcome, and they all
leave with a great sense of achievement.
Q. How well do I have to be able to swim if I
want to enter?
A. All swimmers have to be
safe in 3 ft water, but because you only swim one length at a time you don’t
have to be especially strong, just confident.
You will be in the water for 55 minutes, but you will be resting between
lengths. The whole team may swim about 100 lengths altogether, but if one of
you is much stronger than the others, that person could swim more lengths than
their team mates. Taking part is what
Rotary in sole charge of the Event?
A. The activity within the Pool building is under the supervision
and control of the Pool management at all times. Rotary Club of Thame is
organising the Event.
A: The minimum age for swimmers is eight years (at the time of the
event). Children under sixteen years old need the consent of their parents or
guardians or carers. In the case of School Teams, this may be arranged through
the school, if the Rotary Club of Thame agrees in advance.
Q. How are
the supported charities chosen?
A. The Rotary Club of Thame chooses those local charities which in
its view are most deserving of support.
As to the number of charities, we wish to make a worthwhile contribution
to those that we support, but also to spread the benefit. Supporting up to five
charities each year has seemed appropriate.
Q. Can I
fundraise for my preferred charity?
A. You have got the option to allocate 50% of your team’s money
raised towards the charity of your choice or 100% towards Rotary’s charities.
You can indicate this by ticking the appropriate option on the Team Entry Form.
In both cases all moneys will be collected by Rotary Club of Thame which will
apply for Gift Aid as appropriate. Once this process is completed, Rotary Club
of Thame will make a donation towards the charity of your choice, should this
option be taken.
Q. Can I
fundraise on line?
A. Yes. You can create your own fundraising page on My Donate
Portal under the Thame Swimathon 2016 page and then share the link with your
family, friends, and colleagues asking them to donate online.
To start you fundraising page:
- Go to mydonate.bt.com/events/thameswimathon2016
- Click on “Start
Fundraising” button. You will need to be registered with My Donate.
- For support,
please ring or text 07764 85 49 49
Thame Swimathon in the media
Thame.net on 26 Jan 2016: Grab a free slot at The Thame Swimathon 2016!
Mix 96 FM on 28 Feb 2016 - Swimathon Returns to Thame
Mix 96 FM on 3 March 2016 - 34 Miles Swam at Thame Charity Event
Thame.net on 2 March 2016 - Swimmers Take the Plunge for Charity
Thame.net on 24 Feb 2016: It’s time to support the teams for Thame Swimathon 2016!
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