The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2011 Focus - Thursday

With the countdown to the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2011 well under way, we are going to take a closer look at the nominees for three awards.

Today’s spotlight is on the nominees for the Fundraiser of the Year and the RLSS Life Saver of the Year and ESSA Dolphin awards.

Fundraiser of the Year

Dave Savage and Martyn Kennaugh from Southampton, Hampshire

  • Dave and Martyn are two men on a misson. In recent years, former professional triathlete, Dave, has suffered a cancer scare and his friend Martyn lost his father to pancreatic cancer.
  • To turn these negatives in a positive the two friends devised the Great Wight Attack!
  • The duo swam one of the busiest shipping channels, the Solent, from Gosport to Ryde, avoiding ferries and container ships. They then ran around the island and swam back.
  • To date they have raised £25,000, which they used to purchase a new pancreatic cancer machine.

Paul Bates from Walsall, West Midlands

  • Paul has raised over £14,000 for Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation as part of Big Rick’s Channel Swim team.
  • He set up the team in 2008 in memory of his friend Mark Rickhuss who sadly suffered a heart attack whilst helping his friend to complete a channel swim in 2005.
  • Paul, along with his friends, has raised over £25,000 for the British Heart Foundation by completing open water swimming events all over the UK and the team recently swam the channel in honour of Mark.

Roger Graves from Grantham, Lincolnshire

  • Roger is the Grantham Rotary Club Chairman and has helped the club to run the Rotary Swimarathon for the past 22 years.
  • Over that time the club has raised in excess of £516,000 which has been donated to local charities and deserving causes in and around Grantham.
  • The Swimarathon is the biggest fundraising event in the area and in February it raised £46,000 with, 1,380 local swimmers taking part.

Thomas Hamer from Rossendale, Lancashire

  • Thomas is the youngest member of the BLDSA and he has successfully participated in an English Channel swim relay which was completed in just 10 hours.
  • He hopes to participate in a relay team each year until he is 16 years old, when he will be able to undertake the challenge solo.
  • When his swimming club was under threat of disbandment due to financial cuts, he decided he wanted to help. This year alone Thomas has raised over £6,000 for local charities, the Burnley Bobcats Swimming Club and the North West Ambulance Charity.
  • Thomas has pledged to raise £20,000 over the next few years.

RLSS Lifesaver of the Year

James Johnson, 18 years old from Stowmarket, Suffolk

  • James has been directly involved in saving the lives of two people over the past 20 months.
  • At 16 years old, he saved a man who went into cardiac arrest poolside, administering CPR until the paramedics arrived.
  • James kept in contact throughout the man’s recovery and he is now back in the pool swimming safely.
  • He has also saved his sponsor’s life twice. Suffering from epilepsy, she has had seizures in the pool on two occasions and both times James has been there to keep her above the water and prevent a serious situation occurring.

ESSA Dolphin Award

James Allen’s Girls’ Preparatory School based in Dulwich, London

  • The Dolphin scheme supports and encourages schools to make every child a swimmer before transferring to secondary school.
  • The scheme consists of a number of competitive awards and a series of incentive awards.
  • James Allen’s Girls’ Preparatory School in Dulwich, South London, has been awarded the English School Swimming Association’s Dolphin Award because in 2010/2011 they achieved 100% success as part of the scheme.
  • In years four, five and six all children were able to swim 100 metres.
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