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Thursday, 16 January 2014
Swimmer Teddy Pender from Year 13 is planning to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for charity.
He and his fellow swimmers will try to break the 100 x 100 freestyle relay record at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on 1st February. This will involve a mixed relay team of 100 each swimming 100 metres under the watchful eye of Guinness World Record Officials. The current record was set on the 30th of August 2008 by the Ute Cimdins swimming club in Dortmund, Germany. The time to beat is 1 hour 53 minutes and 13 seconds.
The relay has been organised by GB swimmer Lewis Coleman in order to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Coleman’s mother was diagnosed with leukaemia last year, which has been his inspiration to arrange the event. He hopes that the money raised will give other blood cancer patients access to potentially life-saving clinical trials and drugs, as well as funding research projects.
Cancer research is a subject which is close to Teddy’s heart as well. Several of his close family members have been diagnosed with the disease. Therefore when Teddy found out about the record attempt through a friend, he was keen to take part and support the cause. He will be completing his leg of the relay in memory of his grandfather, who died of malignant lymphoma before he could see Teddy race.
So far, the record attempt has received incredible support from the swimming community, and already the team includes Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth medallists. Past and present GB international swimmers and Olympians are set to join World Record holders in the pool for the relay. Swimmers from international and national swimming clubs will also be taking part, as well as members of swimming squads from throughout the UK. Although no famous names have yet been confirmed, Teddy is nonetheless excited at the prospect of swimming alongside such amazing people: “It’s a great chance to show what I can do in the water, and also raise money for a great cause.”
Teddy would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor him.
Visit Lewis Coleman's campaign page at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research to find out more about the World Record Attempt.
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