8 January 2014 – Primary school children across the Island are being given the chance to make their mark and win great prizes ahead of the 2014 Swimarathon.


In keeping with the theme for the 2014 Swimarathon, the annual colouring competition invites children to design the front cover of the event’s daily bulletins showing ‘Children Having Fun’. The entries will be reviewed and the designs of five lucky school children will be chosen to feature during the course of the Swimarathon week.


Competition organiser Lion Peter Tabb says: ‘The 2014 Swimarathon will be supporting Jersey’s children’s charities.  With so many children taking part, ‘children having fun’ could not be a more appropriate theme for this year’s colouring competition.’


‘The winning five designs will not only be used on the front cover of the daily bulletins but will also be showcased in a special feature published around the time of the Swimarathon. The artists themselves will win £250 prize money for their school and also receive an individual prize, so this is a fantastic opportunity to get creative.'


Oakwell Children’s Respite Centre has been selected as the main beneficiary of the funds raised overall by participants in the event. An additional 25 Jersey-based children’s charities will also receive a share of at least £25,000. 

Chris Blampied, Head of Banking, British Isles at RBC Wealth Management, said: ‘We are always impressed with the standard of the drawings and the imaginative ideas that are submitted from all age groups. No doubt it will be a difficult task to choose just five but I am sure that the judges are looking forward to the challenge and would want to encourage as many children as possible to take part again this year.’


The designs submitted must be in colour and fit on an A4 page, allowing space for the Swimarathon logo and the date of the bulletin (recommended size 180mmx180mm). The closing date for entries is Friday 21 February 2014. The judges for the drawing competition will be Lion Chris Clarke, President of the Lions Club of Jersey, Brian McKenzie, Head of Design at the Jersey Evening Post and Leo the Lion on behalf of the event’s sponsors, RBC Wealth Management. To enter, or for more details about the design completion, contact Lion Peter Tabb on 726704. 


The 2014 Swimarathon takes place between 12–16 March at Les Quennevais Sports Centre,. Information and registrations are available from the Swimarathon Administrator, PO Box 397, St Helier, Jersey, JE4 9ZX or via email swimarathon@jerseymail.co.uk

Photo caption: Swimarathon drawing competition was a roaring success in 2013. (L to R) Stanley Norman (Year 3) De La Salle Prep, Isobel Jones (9) FCJ Primary School, Ellana McAlister (10) Helvetia House School and Aaron Dodd (10) St John's School receive their prizes from Nicola Carroll and Leo the Lion of RBC Wealth Management and former President of the Lions Club of Jersey, Andrew Pearce. Sophie Harvey (10) was also a winner but was unable to make the presentation.