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Celebrating a big birthday with the Big Splash

05 April 2012

Keen swimmer Carole Wilson is planning on celebrating a forthcoming big birthday by swimming the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief.

“It is a special birthday year for me this year and my friends and I have set different challenges for me across the year, some sport and some other activities such as singing and dancing. Part of the reason for this, apart from my age, is the wish to get fitter, tone up, lose weight and generally feel happier about myself.

“I love the feeling of being in the water and it takes me back to my youth!” said Carole, who is using the Swimfit training programme at a pool in her hometown of Ipswich, Suffolk.

As well as being a unique way of marking that birthday milestone, Carole also hopes to use the swimming challenge to get fit and wholeheartedly recommends it as an activity for the older generation.

 “Swimming is a great way to exercise – it’s year round, uses all the muscle groups and is non weight-bearing.  I had both hips replaced at a relatively young age so have to beware of some forms of exercise.”

Combining her swimming training with efforts in the gym, this inspirational swimmer has also set herself a challenge to lose weight, having already lost just under a stone in the last four months.

“At this point it will challenge me physically to swim that distance.  The whole thing has motivated me in several areas of my life so I am really pleased so far.  I hope this helps inspire other people to get involved in the Swimathon”.

Anyone inspired by Carole Wilson or the millions of people who took to the streets on Sunday 25 March to run a mile for Sport Relief can still do their bit, by swimming the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief during the Swimathon Weekend, 27 to 29 April. 

The money raised for Sport Relief will help people living incredibly tough lives here in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest countries.

Commonwealth Games medallist James Goddard said:  “I’m supporting the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief and encourage everyone to give it a go! If a mile seems a long way then you can share the lengths with friends and family, have fun together and keep each other motivated.  You’ll get help preparing with a Swimfit training plan and all that effort will be even more worthwhile by raising money for people facing poverty and deprivation.  Good luck to everyone taking part!”

For further information about the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief, click here. For more information about Carole Wilson and her charity challenges, please click here.


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