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Swimming team aims for fundraising splash

RAISING MONEY ... Josef Craig, left, and his swimming team are aiming to make a cash splash this weekend.

RAISING MONEY ... Josef Craig, left, and his swimming team are aiming to make a cash splash this weekend.

A SWIMMING team is hoping to make a splash with its fundraising efforts when it hits a supermarket.

Members of South Tyneside Swimming Club will be at the Tesco store in Newcastle Road, South Shields, on Saturday, helping shoppers bag up their goods.

The team, made up of 30 swimmers, is hoping members’ efforts will help raise cash in order to drive down the final costs of a training camp in Spain.

To help, Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig, who trains with the club but will not be accompanying it to Spain, will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photographs with customers.

The teenager, who broke the world record on the way to the top of the podium at last year’s Paralympic Games, when he won the men’s S7 400 metres freestyle event, will be at the store between noon and 1pm.

The cash raised will go towards keeping costs down for the swimmers, who will head to Torremorlinos in Spain in April.

During their stay, the swimmers, aged between nine and 16, who make up Squad A and B teams, will take part in fitness exercises and swimming sessions.

Swimming coach Gary Kirsop said: “These trips give the swimmers a lot of experience, and the training is really intensive and focused.

“They really reap the benefits from taking part in the camps, which helps to further their swimming career. It also gives them a chance to experience swimming in a different climate.”

For more information on the club, visit www.stswim79.co.uk/Home.aspx

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