The Jersey Swimming Club have had a taste of the competition they will be facing at the 40th Swimarathon when the event sponsors made a big splash at one of last week’s training sessions.

Members of the JSC and staff teams from RBC Wealth Management have been training hard to improve on personal bests, bring in the sponsorship and – in a couple of cases – stay afloat at the end of each lap.

The RBC Wealth Management ‘Belly Flop’ team is one of ten swimming on behalf of the sponsor company at the event and they decided to hone their swimming strokes in the company of some of Jersey’s elite swimming community. ‘It was quite an education,’ said Belly Flop team captain Colin Griffiths. ‘We really hope that giving the swimming club the opportunity to train with us will have helped them up their game for the big event.’

JSC head coach Billy Davies said that their team had done their best to slow themselves down for the training session. ‘We just hope the RBC Wealth Management swimmers are going to get their breath back by March,’ said Billy. The club is taking 16 lanes in the event this year. ‘There is a competitive element to the Swimarathon but really it is a lot of fun and the aim is to enjoy it whilst raising money for the community,’ he said.

Members of the Jersey Swimming Club have taken part in the Swimarathon since the first event in 1972 and, for many years, swimmers used the event as a training session to improve personal best times and compete with other Island swimming clubs to claim the highest number of laps.

The teams are among over 460 who have now confirmed that they will be taking part in the Swimarathon from 9 to 13 March at Les Quennevais Leisure Centre. This year the funds raised by the swimmers will be divided between more than 40 local charities.

RBC Wealth Management has been sponsoring the event for five years now and Paul Patterson, Global Head of Trust at RBC Wealth Management said that the staff participation in the event was a huge part of the company’s commitment to the Swimarathon. ‘A little bit of healthy competition won’t do the teams any harm, although I’m not sure I fancy Belly Flop’s chances of keeping time with the JSC’s laps,’ he said.

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Issued by Anna Plunkett-Cole, Image PR, 01534 734444

Notes to Editors

About the Lions Club of Jersey
The Lions Club of Jersey was founded in November 1963 at the instigation of the Lions Clubs of Southampton and St Malo, and its charter president was the late Jim Scriven who was, at the time, news editor of the Jersey Evening Post.

About the Lions Club of Jersey Swimarathon
The Swimarathon was conceived in 1972 by the fund-raising committee of the Lions Club of Jersey under the chairmanship of Lion John Abraham as an alternative and successor to the very successful World Aid Walks. The Jersey Swimarathon is the Island’s longest running charity event.

About RBC Wealth Management
RBC Wealth Management is one of the world’s top 10 largest wealth managers. RBC Wealth Management directly serves affluent, high-net-worth and ultra high net worth clients in Canada, the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia with a full suite of banking, investment, trust and other wealth management solutions. The business also provides asset management products and services directly and through RBC and third-party distributors to institutional and individual clients, through its RBC Global Asset Management division (which includes BlueBay Asset Management). RBC Wealth Management has more than $520 billion of assets under administration, more than $260 billion of assets under management and approximately 4,500 financial consultants, advisors, private bankers and trust officers.

About RBC
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