UYSWC hosts annual swimathon


UYSWC set to host its annual swimathon in awareness for Target Ovarian Cancer

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By Nadia Sayed

Today, the University of York Swimming and Waterpolo Club (UYSWC) are set to host a swimathon.

The event correlates with Ovarian Awareness Month, which occurs every March. Occurring annually the swimathon was created to observe the memory of Sabrina Jones, a former UYSWC member, who passed away from Ovarian Cancer in 2016.

Beginning at 6:00 am, the event will run until 3:30 pm and then from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm with participants striving to swim as far as they can in a single day.

This year UY Triathlon and Octopush (the University’s Underwater Hockey club) will both be in attendance. Lara Fahy, UYSWC’s Charity Officer stated: “By inviting both clubs to join us we are expanding our outreach within our university community. This means us aquatic-based clubs are given the opportunity to give back to a cause close to our hearts and truly do it justice”.

The President of UY Triathlon Danielle Weir also commented: “This year [York’s] Triathlon club is very excited to join UYSWC for the charity swimathon. We commend UYSWC’s initiative in organising such a meaningful event and are eager to collaborate in support of this important cause”.

UYSWC will have a table in York Sports Village, with various posters, leaflets, and wristbands, in the hope of reaching out to the local community and spreading awareness for Target Ovarian Cancer. 

For more information on the event, students can follow Swimathon on UYSWC's Instagram Page and they can donate through this JustGiving page.