If you love swimming and you love supporting great causes, then I recommend you check out Swim for MS. Swim for MS, hosted by the MS Society of Western Australia is a 12-hour relay change held in Booragoon at the Melville Aquatic centre (25th September) and in Mt Claremont at Challenge Stadium (30th July). Teams compete to swim the furthest distance within a set 12 hour timeframe. Teams can be made of up to 12 people, and each team must have at least one swimmer in the water for the duration of the event.
The Swim for MS website mentions that while there are no rules on how participants swim the event, they must complete each 25 or 50 metre lap without using any floatation devices or aids (like flippers). Teams can rotate their swimmers every two or four laps as long as each swimmer in the team completes a minimum of five 50 metre laps (or equivalent).
Points are also awarded for funds raised, with one point awarded to teams per $25 raised. Each team's fundraising tally and distance swum is tallied at the end of the event, and the team with the highest number of combined points win. All proceeds go to the MS Society to help support those living with multiple sclerosis in Western Australia. This is an event you can get all of your friends, family or co-workers involved in, so let them know about this event as soon as you can. The sooner you get your teammates together, the sooner you can get training!
Swim Strong and Perth Integrated Health Clinic have partnered with the MS Society of Western Australia to make training programs available for all participants of Swim for MS. Basically you can sign up for an 8 or so week training program that will go over everything you need from stroke technique to nutrition. The event's website doesn't currently show any details for this programs, however they will be made available once finalised. If you would like to know more about these training programs when they are available you can send an email to either Jenny or Beppie at email@example.com.
What is multiple sclerosis?
I thought it would also be beneficial to include some information on multiple sclerosis for those who may not know what it is. The following information is from the MS Society of Western Australia, website which can be accessed by heading to www.mswa.org.au.
Multiple sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system for young adults, affecting more than 20,000 ordinary Australians.
FACT: There is no known cause or cure.
FACT: MS is the most common chronic neurological disease affecting young Australian adults.
FACT: Three out of four people with MS are diagnosed before they reach age 35.
FACT: Three times as many women as men are diagnosed with MS.
FACT: On average, 16 people are diagnosed with MS every month in Western Australia
Registering for the event
You can register for this fantastic event at www.swimforms.org.au, or alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is just $35 for adults and $20 for those 15 years and under. You can also sponsor a participant by clicking here.
Thats great. I used to work for the MS Society in Perth, only for a short time, but I did the school presentations for the Readathon. I love the Readathon and think the swimming is a great one to do. Hope it all goes well. :)
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Monday, 29th of August @ 06:41 am