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Swimmers ‘smashed their targets’ at K2 Crawley’s Swimathon

The event which took place on Sunday (29 April) was a huge success and saw many swimmers beat their targets.

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Ivan Horsfall-Turner gets his medal from centre event orgaiser Dan Cooper

39 individuals took part in the 2018 Swimathon at K2 Crawley on Sunday (29 April).

At around 11am, 39 people completed the 2018 Swimathon at K2 Crawley, operated by Freedom Leisure on behalf of Crawley Borough Council – some as teams, some on their own, all for varying distanced between 400m and 5km.

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The centre site team was particularly excited as Freedom Leisure’s Managing Director Ivan Horsfall-Turner had chosen to swim the event in the centre’s 50m pool – with an additional element of challenging all 3000+ Freedom Leisure staff to a swim off!

He threw down the gauntlet, that any staff member entering the Swimathon (across any of their 40+ swimmining pools in the UK) who could beat his 5km swim time would be able to have them at their beck and call for a day at their own leisure centre!

At the time of writing times are still to be verified, with further events to take place.

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K2 Crawley entered a staff team into the team 5km distance, (requiring a total of 100 lengths of the pool to be swum) and they had two special additions to their team, Area Manager Daryl Keech was join by his son Dexter 6 and daughter Summer 4, who swam 6 lengths for the team between them!

Left to Right: Ben Fletcher, Brendon Murphy-Mitchell, Adam Jones, Jonathan Hodgson, Darryl Keech, Dan Cooper, Abbey Allenby, Daniel Cutler.

Area Manager Daryl Keech – with Son Dexter (6) after he swim 4 lengths for team K2

Swimmer of the day goes to eight year old Ethan Huntly who signed up to swim 400m but smashed his own target by swimming a whopping 1500 metres!

Ethan with mum Rachel Huntly who did the 5km distance

Another swimmer Charlotte Kingsbury swam her longest ever distance to date, training hard beforehand she had made it as far as 1200 meters, so was stoked to make the full 1.5k she’d signed up for! in 47mins25sec.

Charlotte swam her target 1.5km in 47 minutes and 25 seconds

Centre Manager, Jonathan Hodgson says:

“This is such a fun event, and the atmosphere is always really buzzing – plus we are raising money for good courses. This year the event at K2 Crawley held additional excitement for the team as our MD was swimming here, and he had challenged staff to a race – it was tempting not to try and slow him down, or add a few extra minutes to his time, but then we wanted to give him a sporting chance!

Freedom Leisure’s MD, Ivan Horsfall-Turner during his 5km swim

“Yet again this year we had swimmers of all ages, children to grandparents – some swimming as families and some solo, the youngest in the pool was 4 years old – she swum for the centre team and clocked up two lengths for us, we are so proud of her! Everyone who entered smashed their targets and some even did more! A massive thanks to all who took part!”

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K2 Crawley launches new management partner with Olympic and Paralympic medallists

Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE and Paralympic Champion Katie-George Dunlevy were on hand to help launch the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council.

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The 14 November marked the start of the 10-year relationship which will see the award-winning leisure operator take over the management of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

Jackson hosted the day and shared his experiences of working as an Everyone Active Sporting Champions ambassador while Dunlevy shared details of her training at the centres in Crawley and winning Paralympic gold in Rio.

Jackson then set a series of gym challenges before cheering on pupils from Thomas Bennett Community College trying to beat the times set by the Olympian.

World record holder, Jackson, said:

“I was thrilled to be at the launch of the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council. It was a great day. I can’t wait to see the partnership progress in the future.”

Paralympic Champion, Dunlevy, said:

“The day went really well. I know that everyone is very positive about the relationship and the future. I know that everyone is really excited to get started.”

Stuart Mills, Everyone Active area contract manager, said:

“This is a very exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough. The Council has already invested in improving centres to ensure people have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and we’re proud to have been chosen to deliver these across the community.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Crawley Borough Council and helping them achieve their goal of providing a top quality service while building healthier communities by encouraging more people to get active.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

“Our partnership with Everyone Active will provide leisure users with a quality service and inspire more and more people to get involved in physical activities.”

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