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14 January 2005 PR 05/03

Swimmers' fundraising event exceeds all targets

Almost seventy Loughborough University swimmers took part in a marathon fundraising swim yesterday (13 January), raising over £10,000 for the Tsunami Disaster Appeal.

The team, which included nine Loughborough Olympians and a Paralympic Gold medalist, had aimed to swim 100,000m, or 100km, in 17 hours, requiring a sub 60 second average time for each 100m. However they smashed their target, completing the challenge in 16 hours 19 minutes and 25.67 seconds.

The challenge was devised by Loughborough swimming coach Ben Titley after a conversation with World Champion James Gibson. Just a few weeks earlier James had been holidaying on the Thai island of Koh Phi Phi, which was severely affected by the disaster.

“The support and interest during the day was tremendous and the generosity of the public immense,” said Ben. “We had donations and support from several major companies, including Speedo and the London Office of BCJV, so we’d like to say a big thank you to them. But it was the personal donations from the friends of Loughborough Swimming and other university staff and students that will combine to make the big difference.”

The final relay of the event was completed by the Loughborough Olympians – James Gibson, Melanie Marshall, Sarah Price, Ros Brett, Karen Lee, Ross Davenport, David Carry, Lisa Chapman and Caitlin McClatchey – with Paralympic Gold medallist Jane Stidever swimming the final leg.

David Carry produced the fastest men’s time of the day with 50.4 seconds, while Lisa Chapman set the fastest women’s time, with an outstanding 55.3 seconds.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Donations to this appeal can still be made. Please send cheques, made payable to Loughborough University, to Swim for the Tsunami, c/o EIS Swimming Pool, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU.

  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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