Taking on your Swimathon challenge for the first time?

We’ve gathered top tips and inspiration from Duncan Goodhew and Ellie Faulkner, star swimmers and Marie Curie supporters, to help you with your Swimathon challenge this year. Good luck!

Duncan Goodhew doing what he likes best - swimming!

Duncan Goodhew, Swimathon President and Olympic gold medallist swimmer

“Swimathon is about you and the Swimathon challenge that’s right for you!  And you won’t be alone, as many other people of all abilities will be there taking part with you for the first time.

“You’ll swim alongside each other to complete your challenge, and experience that exceptional feeling of affinity with others and contribution to a greater cause. You’ll get an amazing feeling of personal achievement when you touch the end of the pool on your Swimathon event day!

“Together, you’ll have done something really rewarding for yourself and for others.”

Duncan’s top tips:

  • Start your training right now.  Schedule all your training swims in your diary from now until the event day. If you have to cancel one, then reschedule it! 
  • Swim regularly and increase the distance you swim gradually. You’ll find yourself well-prepared and thrilled by your progress.
  • Focus on your technique. Work on streamlining your body and finishing your stroke. Watch other good swimmers in the pool or online − when you adopt a learning mindset, you’ll be amazed how much you’ll benefit from it! 
  • On finishing every swim, take a moment to look back at the water, reflect on what you’ve achieved and congratulate yourself.  Then say to yourself: ‘I’ll be back!’
  • Check out Swimathon.org to find a training programme that suits you. 

Ellie Faulkner, Team GB swimmer

“Anyone can take part in Swimathon and help make a difference – both to yourself by being active and also by helping to provide support to families when they need it most.”

Read more tips from Ellie on how to improve your swimming technique and overcome your nerves to swim with more confidence.

Ellie Faulkner gets ready to take the plunge!

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