Olympic hope to join Bracknell SwimathonBy Hugh Fort
April 25, 2012
One of the world’s fastest swimmers will make big waves when he starts the Bracknell Swimathon this weekend.
Andrew Willis, a member of Team GB’s Olympic swimming team, will start the annual swimming challenge at Bracknell Leisure Centre in Bagshot Road on Saturday, April 28.
The speedy breaststroke specialist is the third fastest swimmer in the world this year in the 200m event and is one of Team GB’s big medal hopes in the pool.
He is also still a member of Wokingham and Bracknell Swimming Club and is British breaststroke champion.
Swimmers will raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care in 5km, 2.5km, and team 5km distance challenge swims.
They can also support the Sport Relief charity by taking part in the new Big Splash Mile challenge.
Kathy Bradford, business development manager at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “It is a great honour to have Andrew start our swimathon.
“He’s the third fastest swimmer in the world this year, so he will be a great inspiration for all the swimmers taking part in this wonderful event.”
Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, added: “We are delighted to have Andrew join us for the swimathon.”
The money raised will help support nurses from Marie Curie Cancer Care to continue to provide free care for cancer and other illnesses.
The Big Splash Mile, which has been launched this year, is 64 lengths of a normal sized swimming pool.
Money raised will help people with hard lives, both in the UK and in the world's poorest countries. To enter visit www.swimathon.org
For more on the Big Splash Mile visit www.sportrelief.com/whats-on/the-big-splash