NCSA athletes getting ready for Swim-A-Thon
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:08 am
For a non-swimmer, swimming a total of 5,000 metres over the course of a two-hour span might sound completely insane.
But for 12-year-old Airdrie swimmer Reagan Lind, that’s just par for the course as she takes part in the Nose Creek Swim Association’s (NCSA) annual Swim-A-Thon, which will take place this year for the club’s senior swimmers on April 2 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
“It does seem like a lot of swimming, but when you have done it a few times, it’s something you are pretty used to,” Lind explained. “This will be the third time that I have taken part in the Swim-A-Thon, and it’s something that I enjoy doing.”
“It always feels good to help raise money for the club each year, and you always have a feeling of accomplishment when you finish up your long swim each year,” she added.
The exact number of swimmers taking part in this year’s Swim-A-Thon wasn’t known at press time.
NCSA Coach Alexx Diep said he is expecting between 100 to 120 swimmers to take to the water starting at 4:30 p.m. on April 2.
“The event is a great thing for us in two ways,” Diep said. “For the swimmers, it allows them to have a challenge to work towards at the end of each year, and the fundraising element allows us to help offset the costs with things at the club.”
“The money that’s raised can be used towards helping the swimmers out when it comes to the costs of meets out of town, and it can be saved up for a couple of years down the line when they will have a chance to go to a training camp in the United States,” he added.
One swimmer who wanted to give back to the club this year was 15-year-old Airdrie native Kieran Bruce, who has been a member of the NCSA for a year-and-a-half.
“I’ve been a lot more engaged with our club this year by going to a lot more away meets, and I wanted to become more involved in helping to give back,” Bruce explained.
“I’ve been training for the entire year for this, so I’m looking forward to doing the 5,000-metre swim,” he added. “We generally swim around 4,000 metres in a regular practice, so it’s not that much more of a swim for someone like me.”