Swimmers unite for flood relief

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Queensland has a proud history of producing champion swimmers and those elite athletes and their interstate colleagues have jumped in to pledge money and support for flood relief in Queensland and NSW.

Led by pledges of support and donations from Brenton Rickard on the Gold Coast, Queenslander Alicia Coutts and Cameron Prosser who live in Canberra, Marieke Guehrer in Melbourne, Emily Seebohm in Brisbane and Blair Evans in Perth, swimmers will band together across the nation to host a number of fundraising clinics in their home states.

In all, more than 40 members of the Australian Swim team past and present will unite to host swimming events in Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and Western Australia as well as pledging a percentage of their winnings at the upcoming Summer Swim Series to aid flood relief.

With more than half the Australian Swim Team from Queensland, these devastating floods have touched the lives of many in the swimming community and both Rickard and Coutts see these activities as a small way to be able to give back and raise awareness for what will be a long and determined recovery.

“I can’t imagine what the people located in the flood ravaged areas of Queensland are going through at the moment,” said five-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Coutts.

“If by donating prize money and our time, we can provide some assistance and encourage others to provide support, I hope we can in some small part assist in what will be a huge and lengthy clean up.”

For Rickard, who was born in Brisbane and now trains on the Gold Coast, the will to help out where possible this week has been very strong.

“As a Queenslander this has been a week we’ll never forget and the challenge for Australia is to make sure we do everything possible to help these people who have been affected as quickly as possible,” said Rickard.

“If in putting on some swim clinics and donating prize money, we can help spread the word about flood relief that’s fantastic, and hopefully that will encourage others to help in what is going to be a huge rebuilding effort for the entire nation.”

At Brothers Swim Club in the North of Brisbane, triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Emily Seebohm is looking to hold a swim-a-thon from 7.00pm to 7.00am on Friday 21 January and swim more than 50km with teammates looking for pledges of support towards flood relief.

Swimming Australia will also encourage swimmers to donate signed tracksuits and swimming uniforms to flood releif while members of the Australian Swim Team will hold the following fund raising events to raise money and awarness for flood relief:

Southport Olympic Swim Club – Swim Clinic for Flood Relief
Swim with Australian stars Brenton Rickard, Pat Murphy, Thomas Fraser Holmes, Nick Ffrost, Alice Mills, Chris Wright, and Leiston Pickett
Where: Southport Olympic Swim Club, Southport Gold Coast
When: Saturday 22 January from 9.30am
Details: $10 per child with all proceeds going to flood relief

City of Perth – Swim Clinic for Flood Relief
Swim with Australian stars Blair Evans, Rhys Mainstone and Travis Nederpelt
Where: Challenge Stadium
When: Friday 21 January from 1.00pm
Details: $10 per child with all proceeds going to flood relief
For further information contact Swimming WA on 08 9328 4599

Melbourne Vicentre – Swim Clinic for Flood Relief
Swim with Australian stars Marieke Guehrer, Sophie Edington, Kelly Stubbins, Sarah Katsoulis, Rachel Goh and Sydney Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim
Where: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park
When: Saturday 22 January from 11.00am to 1.00pm
For further information contact Swimming Victoria on 03 9686 5222

AIS in Canberra – Swim Clinic for Flood Relief
Swim with Australian and AIS starts Alicia Coutts, Ashley Delaney, Sally Foster, Ben Treffers, Tommaso D’Orsogna and Cameron Prosser
Where: AIS in Canberra
When: Saturday 22 January 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Details: $10 per child with all proceeds going to flood relief

Brothers Swim Club – Swim-a-thon for Flood Relief
Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm will swim a 12-hour relay with her club teammates to raise money and awareness for Flood Relief
Where: Brothers Swim Club – Nudgee, Brisbane
When: Friday 21 January from 7pm to 7am
Details: Donations can be made at the pool or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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