Novice swimmers from across London gathered together in Lewisham on Sunday (20 March), to face their fears and swim together as the ‘Fusion Dolphins’ swim team, in aid of the 2016 Sport Relief Swimathon.
Four brave swimmers, who have only been learning to swim for a few weeks, joined their swimming instructors at Fusion’s Glass Mill Leisure centre on Loampit Vale to complete over 100 laps of the 25 metre pool, earning enormous pride from onlookers and friends and a commemorative medal to take home.
The team pictured from left to right are:
Genevieve Sabayon – a young actress whose cousin in the Philippines drowned in the sea because he’d never been taught how to swim.
Benny Bonsu – born in Ghana, where swimming is not a sport that is actively encouraged, Benny hopes, she will encourage others like her to take the plunge.
David Spencer – 5Live broadcaster and journalist David never learned to swim as a child due to a fear of water.
Freya Rodger – Now three years in remission from Cancer, local Lewisham woman Freya has set herself the challenge of trying every Olympic sport open to women in Rio 2016.
A report carried out by the Amateur Swimming Association, found that 20 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women over the age of 14 in England can’t swim. Swimming is the only sport that can actually save lives so these brave swimmers should be very proud of their achievements and all hope to encourage non-swimming friends and family to follow their example.
Charity Fusion Lifestyle has raised over £100,000 for Sport Relief this weekend with over 1,000 people taking part in Swimathon activities across their centres. Anyone keen to learn can contact www.fusion-lifestyle.com/adultswim to arrange a free assessment with a trained swimming instructor.