SwiMarathon Presentation Evening
The Rotary Club of Market Harborough made awards of grants to 33 local organisations, totalling £7,000. The money was raised from the SwiMarathon event held in April at Harborough Leisure Centre. Swimmers were sponsored and many local businesses also gave sponsorship. The awards were presented at a special Rotary meeting, to which the business sponsors were also invited.
Each grant recipient had the opportunity to talk for 2 minutes about their organisation and how the money in the grant would be spent. One of the benefits of the whole event was how much everybody there learned about other good causes in Market Harborough, as well as about Rotary and the SwiMarathon. It was wonderful to hear how many people volunteer in so many various and busy ways in and around Harborough.
This is the fifth year the Rotary Club of Market Harborough has been able to give away money to local worthy organisations.
The 2015 SwiMarathon involved 36 swimming teams from local businesses, schools and clubs, plus some Rotarians and their families and friends. Each team swam in one lane of the pool for one hour. The event spread over 2 days and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part!
The grants were awarded to:
1st Great Bowden Brownies
1st Foxton Scout Group
1st Little Bowden Rainbows
5th MH Brownies
Arts Fresco 2015
Christine's Swim School
Friends of Great Bowden Cemetery
Great Bowden Recital Trust
Harborough Town Football Club Under 10 Raptors
Harborough Youth and Community Trust
Jigsaw Autistic Society Holiday Club
Little Bowden PTA
ME/CFS and FM Support Group
MH Church of England Academy
MH Disabled Swimming Club
MH Fencing Club
MH in Bloom Volunteers
MH Musical Theatre
MH Netball League
MH Street Pastors
MH Swimming Club
Rock on the Rec
Sea Cadets TS Fernie
Snow Finders Netball Team
Speak Out Newsletter
St Johns Cadets
The Bower House
There were also prizes awarded to swimmers and individuals who had contributed to the success of the event. These were:
The Barbara and Tom Walker Award for outstanding achievement (2015)
A new award, given in honour of former Rotarian the late Tom Walker, and his widow Barbara who is a regular, generous business sponsor of the SwiMarathon, is given to the person who has the most impact on the success of the SwiMarathon.
The first award, for 2015, was given to Hazel Stephens. She has, for each of the 5 years of the SwiMarathon, organised and delivered up to 12 teams each year, of pupils, staff, parents and former pupils of MH Church of England Academy (Fairfield Road).
Best Team Organiser: Hazel Stephens, teacher at Market Harborough Church of England Primary School with 9 pupil teams, 2 parent teams and one staff team.
The team with the most imaginative name: Sonic Swimmers (Little Bowden Primary School)
The team who swam the most lengths: Miracle Mermaids (Christine Giles Swimming School)
Team who raised the most sponsorship money: One armed bandit and gang (MH Disabled swimming club)
2015 Star Swimmer: Susan Spriggs who swam for the MH Disabled Swimming Club team