Keynsham swimmers' £32,000 campaign
Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club have been overwhelmed by the generosity of their supporters during their six-week crowdfunding campaign and managed to raise a whopping £32,000.
This money gives the club financial security for many years to come. Half was donated by Dom Taylor, a Keynsham swimmer from the 90s, who contacted the club committee to pledge to match what was raised, whether that be £3,000 or the target of £12,000.
Incredibly, he then went on to promise to match any total.
Dom explained what Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club meant to him and his family.
“My whole family and I grew up swimming at KASC in the 90s and early 2000s, and pools became a second home as I competed up to national standard with my sister. I firmly believe that the discipline and determination learnt in the pool has helped me go on to build my businesses and approach life in a positive way.
“Swimming, and the community KASC creates around it, is crucial for physical and mental development, but the costs in terms of time and money are significant.
“When I saw the fundraiser, it became clear to me how much the pandemic had impacted the club and I am delighted to match every pound raised to help ensure we keep as many children in the water as possible in these strange times.”
Alfie U, regional squad swimmer, was so pleased that so many people wanted to support his club that he arranged for all the swimmers to thank the donors in a socially distanced video.
Dom Taylor is CEO of Stablepoint Cloud Hosting, who are now the sponsors of regional squad.
He said: “Super happy to sponsor the regional squad. My company Stablepoint provides high performance website systems so there is kind of a link there!”
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of KASC, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Over lockdown 2.0, KASC ran a competition amongst the prelim squad swimmers to write about why they love swimming at Keynsham. Anya J was the winner, and her prize was Christmas goodies and her entry printed in Keynsham Voice.
The reason I go to swimming lessons is to have fun, meet new people and train hard.
Since most of us in our lane are moving up to juniors (I am too!), we have been starting doing the amount of lengths juniors would do when they’re swimming.
It’s very tiring but luckily, we’re allowed to bring a water bottle. And more advanced lanes (which includes me) are allowed to bring in their kit which contains the following: float, pull buoy, flippers and yeah I think that’s it.
So, now were onto the pool which is ginormous! As usual it goes shallow to deep. And I really like the swimming hat designs, except I think they could do with a bit more colour.
Oh yeah and for safety reasons we gel our hands and get our temperature checked before we can enter the pool, so yeah, it’s a really good pool.
However, I think we should have music on when we are swimming and it’s so hot on the poolside. I can’t wait until lockdown finishes and we can start back our sessions.
Back in the water again
On December 3 both Keynsham and Hengrove pools reopened and face-to-face land training restarted (again) for the under-18s. The swimmers are excited to be able to compete in Level X Racing, which was introduced by Swim England to give the swimmers goals and times on the board in a nationwide virtual gala.
The KASC masters swimmers (over-18s) swim at Hengrove and as that is currently tier 3 they are unable to swim, at the moment. Hopefully, they’ll return shortly.
Appeal to next generation
Keynsham now have space for swimmers aged 5-8 years in the prelim squad (school years Reception, 1, 2 and 3). If your child can swim one length (25 metres) of front crawl and backstroke, they may be just what Keynsham are looking for. Trials will be taking place at Keynsham in the New Year and spaces are limited. Swimmers of all ages are welcome to apply for a trial, too. Contact email@example.com or enquire via the club’s Facebook page.