Swimming favourite Sharron Davies is urging people to make a splash for charity this summer.
Olympian and former Commonwealth Games champion Sharron has thrown her weight behind the 2013 Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Swimming Festival.
Taking place at Pugneys Country Park near Wakefield on Sunday, June 23, the festival will include a 500m and 1,500m open water swim as well as, for the first time, an aquathlon – a combined 1k swim and 5k run.
The annual swimming extravaganza is one of a series of fundraising initiatives that are organised by Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events team.
And today Sharron called on people to sign up and follow the example of Jane herself, who raised millions for charity by tackling a string of endurance challenges before her death from cancer in 2007.
The swimmer-turned-TV presenter told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Jane Tomlinson was an incredible inspiration, whether she was running, walking or swimming.
“I hope people are inspired by her amazing courage to take part in the Yorkshire Swimming Festival and push their limits to do something new.
“The festival is a great event for all abilities. Sign up now – and make a splash in 2013.”
Entry fees will go to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Swimmers young and old are encouraged to also raise funds for good causes of their choice, including event partner charities such as Leeds Children’s Hospital, Macmillan Cancer Care and Yorkshire Cancer Research.
The festival is being backed by the YEP as well as Wakefield Council, Wakefield Triathlon club and Real Radio.
For more details, visit: www.forallevents.co.uk/swim-for-all