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For those who enjoy a good swim, the YMCA Swimathon is an event that you should consider participating in.

As the YMCA's first national event, you can have the opportunity to join more than 30 000 people in the event becoming known as "Australia's biggest swim". The event is open to everyone, and the best thing about is, it's free to enter. All you have to do is to set a target of how much you want to swim on the day and how much you would like to raise for the community.

This is made easier by preset categories. There are seven categories for the preferred distance swim: under 50m swim, 50m swim, 100m swim, 200m swim, 500m swim, 1000m swim and an alternative 1hr maximum distance swim. For minimum fundraising amounts for age groups, please see the website. The money raised will directly help out people in need in your local community.

The YMCA Swimathon will be taking place in over 100 YMCA pools across Australia, and you can be part of a potential entry into the Guinness Book of Records. Remember, "you don't need to be a world champion, all you need to do is participate". To register, please visit the website and start fundraising. There are some great prizes to be won. You can also enter the competition as a family, to make things easier.

Of course, the YMCA Swimathon is not a race; it's all about fun and participation. The more people who enter, the more money can be raised for people in need in our local areas. The target is $1 million, so simply put: the more, the better.

So note down the day on your calendars this March, and head to the Acacia Ridge Leisure Centre or your local YMCA pool on the day of the Swimathon (you can also register at the centre on the day). For more information, please see the website.
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Why? It's a great way to have fun in the pool and support a great cause at the same time
When: Sunday 11th March
Where: Acacia Ridge Leisure Centre
Cost: Free to enter
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