Its that time of year again when the mad members of the club go for a swim in the sea and apparently enjoy it!
There was a large turn out this year which is always good to see and a lot of dogs for added madness. Once we’d acclimatised to the slightly chilly beach it was time for the swim which was actually rather pleasant once you were in. We managed to stay in for a good few minutes before we decided it was time to hit the pub.
We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and we shall see you all in the New Year on the 11th January for the first club session of the term. Get in touch if you’d like to find out how to join us.
The ducks are all fully rested after a hugely successful race last year the 3,500 ducks will once again be taking to the water. Each duck can be sponsored for just £1 with prizes for the first 3 ducks to cross the line.
The event, hosted by Canterbury Rotary Club, will be held on 18th September. The ducks will be let loose at 11am and wind their way along the quarter mile stretch of the River Stour towards the finish line at the Westgate Towers.
For more information and updates head over to the Duck Race Facebook page and don’t forget to add the date in your diary.
On Wednesday the club were proud to host mile 27 of “30 miles in 30 days”. This challenge is being completed by two amazing ladies; Paige Thomas who came up with this wonderful idea to raise money for RLSS UK and her mum Donna Thomas. Members of the club enthusiastically joined them to give support including 3 parents. Rachel, Monty, Danny and Phoebe completed the mile and Clara, Fatima and Ffion successfully swam a very respectable half mile. Thank you all for your donations, Paige and Donna are aiming to generate as much awareness as possible of the Save a Baby’s Life Programme and raise lots of money to buy the much needed equipment to run the free courses.
Wow! What a week we have had, so many awards gained in such a small amount of time. On Wednesday we kicked off with awards night where we welcomed Kathy Batts to present all the awards for everyones hard work this year. Well done to everyone who got an award and special congratulations to those who received the club awards.
Tammy Little Shield – Henry Brooks
Eric Stokes cup – Alex Brooks
Junior Rookie – Dottie Clements-White
Senior Rookie – Georgie Upton
Following the success of awards night we had a busy day on Sunday as well. Dain managed to get her 2 hour ticket for channel swimming. Whilst she was swimming lengths of Dover Harbour, Phoebe was competing on Westbrook Beach in Margate in the RLSS South East Region Beach Lifeguard Competition.
After winning a 1km beach run and the Cobra Ski paddle board race Phoebe and the rest of her team earned a hard fought 2nd place by 1 point despite forgetting her goggles for the 400m sea swim!
Well done to everyone at club for your hard work, thank you to Kathy Batts for presenting our awards, club trustee Ron Little and thank you to all of our teachers and volunteers for making this another successful year. We have one more week of swimming this term on Wednesday 22nd then you can all have a hard earned rest over the summer holidays.
The Rotary Club of Canterbury has, with great regret, had to postpone the 2015 Canterbury Duck Race, due to be held on Saturday 11th July. A combination of low water levels, poor water flow and excessive weed in the River Stour through Westgate Gardens has rendered the course of the race unusable.
The race will now be held on Sunday 20th September at 11.00am.
The President of Canterbury Rotary Club, Peter Hermitage, said: “This has been a really tough decision. The duck race has been one of Canterbury’s summer attractions for nearly 20 years and this is the first time we have had to postpone it.” He added: “We want to ensure each and every one of the three thousand plastic ducks has a chance of winning but the conditions at the moment mean the vast majority will get stranded in the weeds and not even make it to the finish line. By putting the date back to September it means there will be a better chance of having more water in the river as well as there being considerably fewer weeds.”
It’s understood the Environment Agency, which is responsible for the River Stour, has a project to remove the weed from the river and this should be completed by the end of August.
The Rotary Club wants to reassure all those who have sponsored ducks that their money is safe and their entries will be held over until the rescheduled race on Sunday 20th September.
We hope that you can all join us for the rescheduled event in September. Any questions please contact either us or Canterbury Rotary Club through their website at http://www.rotarycanterbury.org.uk
Canterbury Lifesaving Club are based in Canterbury every Wednesday Evening at Kingsmead Leisure Centre. We teach the Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaving awards for all ages