Swim Ireland’s “Swim for a Mile” Challenge took place across Ireland last week with over 1,000 participants signed up to swim 1 mile (1,600 metres) following a 12 week training programme set out by the national governing body.
Partnering with Matt Coopers “The Last Word” Show on Today FM and funded by the Coca Cola Thank You Fund and the Irish Sports Council, events were held in Cork (Leisureworld, Bishopstown), Limerick (UL Sport), Galway (Kingfisher NUI Galway), Bangor (Aurora Leisure Centre) and Dublin’s National Aquatic Centre giving participants the opportunity to swim the mile in a timed environment.
Today FM’s Matt Cooper completed the mile in four of the venues across five days, a fantastic feat considering where he started out just 12 weeks ago.
“I’ve gained a whole new appreciation of the demands and benefits of swimming in recent months. It’s not easy but things that are good for you rarely are.
“I’m delighted to have taken part and that so many Last Word listeners got involved. Now we’ve dipped our toes in the water we hope to do it all again next year, even bigger and better. Maybe I’ll be able to do even more evenings! ”
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar took part in the event at the National Aquatic Centre and said: “I enjoyed it a lot. I haven’t done this since I was in school so I am very glad that I still can.
“I really want to complement Swim Ireland and Coca Cola for organising it.
“Swimming is a great cardiovascular and muscle strengthening exercise. That’s why swimmers are so healthy.
“The more people we can get in the pool the better,” he added.