Swimmers raise $1,700 for charity
Monday, August 08, 2005 - 08:00
Local Sports - Amanda Atkinson can now say she’s been here, swam across Lake Couchiching and even got a T-shirt.
Atkinson, 35, was the first swimmer to wash up on Couchiching Beach one hour and 19 minutes after the annual Sun City Swim started at Fern Resort, Saturday morning.
“The water was a little warm and a little choppy when the boats came by but I like to swim in open waters and this was a good one,” said the masters swimmer from Burlington, after catching her breath.
She read about the swim on the Internet, raised $165 and came to the city for the day to take part.
During the last kilometre of the 5 km swim, Harold Racz was going stroke for stroke with Atkinson.
“She’s a really good swimmer,” he said.
This was Racz’s fifth year participating. Hailing from Mississauga, he heard about it from a friend and has been hooked ever since.
“After my first swim I started doing triathlons, so this is good practise,” he said.
Over the years, Racz, 35, has raised $400 for the various chosen charities of the annual swim.
About $1,700 was raised by 13 swimmers this year for the Simcoe County Association for the Physically Disabled. The money will help fund public education programs.
Within 15 minutes of the first two swimmers, Ted Foxley came ashore and not far behind him was the organizer, Brenda Jenkins.
“The weather is terrific and so many people came out to help and support us, it’s just been great,” said Jenkins.
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