January 3, 2012

Challenge to Kamloops Swimmers: Swim 1.6 million lengths

Kamloops, B.C. - If you are a swimmer with a resolution to swim more in 2012, you now have some added motivation - a challenge to collectively swim 1.6 million lengths between January 1st and March 29th, 2012.

The 'Kamloops Swimmers in Motion' challenge aims to provide residents a unique way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Rick Hansen's Man in Motion tour. The goal of 1.6 million twenty-five metre pool lengths is equivalent to the distance Rick completed in his 1987 Man in Motion tour, a 26-month trek in which he logged more than 40,000 km through 34 countries on four continents before crossing Canada.

"We have set the bar high so we are going to need all of the help we can get," says Glen Cheetham, Aquatics Program Supervisor with the City of Kamloops. "Our local club and master swimmers will contribute a great deal but we will need every Kamloops swimmer to contribute to meet our goal and to honour Rick Hansen's spirit."

Swimmers are encouraged to come out and enjoy the health benefits of swimming and record the number of lengths they swam during each visit on the posted tracking sheet in the facility. The Canada Games Aquatic Centre, Westsyde Pool and Community Centre and the Downtown YMCA-YWCA are all host facilities of the 'Kamloops Swimmers in Motion' challenge.

The challenge's March 29th target date coincides with the day that the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay is coming through Kamloops. Starting on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the 25th Anniversary Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original Tour, but this time one man in motion will be represented and celebrated by many in motion; engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others.

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Media Contact:
Glen Cheetham, Aquatics Program Supervisor
City of Kamloops