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Skipton Swimarathon 2019 sets new record of nearly £60,000

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IT WAS a record-breaking year at the Skipton Swimarathon with nearly £60,000 raised by some 2,500 swimmers.

Blake Le Ber, a young GDS swimmer, was presented with the Cable & Wireless Guernsey Can for special endeavour for his ‘steadfast determination in the development of his swimming skills and his palpable commitment to training’. On the right is Skipton International managing director Jim Coupe, who received an award himself for the outstanding contribution to the Swimarathon. (Picture by www.johnrossphotography.co.uk)

At a special awards ceremony held at Beau Sejour on Wednesday, individuals, schools and businesses were thanked for their efforts.

‘Since its inception 40 years ago, the Swimarathon has raised an enormous amount of money [over £1.5m.] that goes back into the island, supporting some of the great community projects in our community,’ Skipton Swimarathon chairman Nick Guillemette said at the presentation evening.

‘The money put into those projects will serve the island for many years to come and I want to thank the swimmers, organisers, sponsors and everybody involved for their enthusiasm and efforts this year.’

2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the event being sponsored by Skipton International Ltd and managing director of the firm, Jim Coupe, said it was fitting that this year raised the most amount of money.

‘Over the last 10 years this has been our main sponsorship and we are always amazed by the sense of community and enthusiasm surrounding this event.

‘The beneficiary this year, the Cardiac Action Group, is such a worthy cause, as are all the other projects that have benefited from this event in the past.’

Students from St Sampson’s High School were celebrated for raising the most money out of any team. They raised in excess of £3,000.

Special awards were presented to a few individuals who had made a real impact this year.

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Blake Le Ber won the special endeavour award for his ‘steadfast determination and commitment to training’ while remaining a joyous and supportive swimmer.

The Brian Hockey Memorial Trophy was presented to Ruth Parsons for her long-standing involvement in the Swimarathon and instrumental role in setting up the Guernsey Disabled Swimming charity.

Sandra Robilliard was awarded most improved swimmer after only starting lessons last year and this year taking part in the GDS Swimarathon team.

Gerry Le Roy, chairman of the Cardiac Action Group, said she could not quite believe how successful this year’s fundraising efforts had been.

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‘We are so grateful to be the beneficiary of this amazing event, it’s been great fun and the money raised means we can continue to provide our services for free for another year; installing AEDs, training and saving lives.’

Award winners

THERE were 28 individuals, schools and businesses who were celebrated for their Swimarathon efforts.

. Vauvert Primary School won the Skipton Swimarathon International Trophy for the most laps swum by a junior school.

. Les Beaucamps High School won the Meerveld Trophy for the most laps swum by a school team under age 14.

. La Mare de Carteret High School won the Fletcher Sports Diving Helmet Trophy for the most laps swum by a school team under age 16.

. The Grammar School won the Saffery Champness Trophy for the most laps swum by a school team over age 16.

. St Sampson’s High School Brecqhou house team won the Hambros Bank/Milvus Trophy for the most laps swum by a school team ‘at large’.

. Beau Sejour Swim School won the Chandlers Beausie Roller Trophy for the most laps swum in the school pool for swimmers under 6-years-old.

. Beau Sejour Barracudas won the Shoestring Trophy for the most laps swum by a swim club aged 11 and under.

. Beau Sejour Barracudas won the Le Colin Trophy for the most laps swum by a swim club aged 12 and 13.

. Beau Sejour Barracudas won the Le Lievres Cup for the most laps swum by a swim club aged 16 and over.

. Skipton International Ltd won the Lloyds TSB Black Horse Cup for the most funds raised by a financial team.

. Alternative Solutions Ltd won the Wise Counsel Trophy for the most funds raised by a professional team.

. The Guernsey Press won the Wallace Barnaby Media and Communication Cup for raising the most funds in the media challenge.

. Hiscox Hurricanes won the Insurance Corporation Trophy for the most funds raised by an insurance team.

. Loveridge Ladies won the Medical Trophy by Simco for the most funds raised by a health team.

. Grow Ltd. won the Brecqhou Marine Trophy for the most funds raised by a service industry team.

.Geomarine Ltd. won the Norman Piette Vase for the most funds raised by a construction team.

. Guernsey Harbours won the Guernsey Press Cup for the most funds raised by a public service team.

. Beau Sejour Swim School won the Bucktrout Swimarathon Challenge trophy for the most funds raised by a sports and social team.

. Cobo Sharks won the Quayside Trophy for the most funds raised by a family and friends team.

. Collas Crill won the ILS Bar Bathers Trophy for raising the most funds in the legal challenge.

. Amherst School teachers won the Swimarathon Teachers Trophy for the most funds raised by a teachers' team.

. The Foresters Arms won the Ferkin End Trophy for the most funds raised by a pubs and clubs team.

. The Sarnia Hotel Group won the Channel Printers Trophy for the most funds raised by a hotel/retail team.

. St Sampson’s High School won the RG Falla Cup for the most funds raised.

. Blake Le Ber won the Cable and Wireless Guernsey Can for the special endeavour award.

. Ruth Parsons won the Brian Hockey Memorial Trophy for the services to disabled swimming award.

. Sandra Robilliard won the Most Improved Swimmer Trophy for the sports association for the disabled award.

. Jim Coupe won the Frossard Trophy for the outstanding contribution to the Swimarathon award.

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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