Cooma swims 19,803 laps

Members of the Cooma Swimming Club and the local community swam 19,803 laps of the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool on the weekend which equates to more than 495 kilometres. 

It was all part of the clubs 24 hour fundraiser starting at 10am on Saturday. 

There were many weary bodies when it finished on Sunday at 10am.

Swimmers included four generations of one family.

Ninety-three-year-old Robert Blake who swam 10 laps was joined by his son, granddaughter and great grandson in a unique event whilst the ever supportive 89 year-old

Keith Montague swam 252 laps. The youngest swimmer was Cooper Walsh, 4, who swam 150 laps and the youngest girl was Adele Lunt who swam 100 laps. Both receivied a goody bag donated by Michelle Thomas and Kyle Harmer. Adrian Blake broke the old record of 1,038 laps held by Brett Stefani as he swam 1,138 laps and received the Sports Power award for the most laps swum.

Samantha Trotter swam the most laps ever by a female also breaking the old record with 1,111 laps in an excellent effort. Paolo Stefani and Ben Trotter also reached 1,000 laps. Will Saddler swam 610 laps and took out the Sports Power award in the 12 hour primary school event closely followed by Brenna Clayton on 606 laps who collected the Betty Longhurst award. 

Special awards went to new club members the Adaminaby youngsters Colin Kingston with 406 laps and Anna Brayshaw with 448 laps. 

The team award was taken out by Bench Warmers with a total of 5,776 laps ahead of H.H.H on 5,453 laps.

The 12 hour team winners were The Boys on 3,292 laps ahead of Two Thorns between The Roses on 2,920 laps.

Other 24 hour lap swimmers were Josh Alford (896), Jarrod Sopniewski (882), Daniel Hopkin (716), Katelyn Patricks (552), Tim Wall (536), Jack Clayton (526), Zac Saddler (350), Sam Patricks (200), Nikki Harmer (118), Matthew Kennedy (679), Letitia Newmann (372), Ann Clayton (302), Loris Stefani (300), Donna Saddler (300), Seth Reading (282), Dale Reading (214), Michelle Thomas (660), Alex Van De Plaat (366), Jenny Evans (200), Bob Alford (200), Kylie Harmer (170), Lorraine Alford (152), Anke Brademann (140), Brian Tugwell (122), Gail Eastaway (50) and Luke Van der Plaat (50).

Other 12 hour lap swimmers were Noah Saddler (528), Ryan Harmer (500), Matthew Hopkin (360), Rhys Sopniewski (304), Jackson Walsh (234), Bailee Walsh (200), Burnum Brademann (484), Olo Brademann (240), Abigail Sopniewski (398), Tayla Maurier (180), Emma Hopkin (310) and Chelsea Lunt (154). 

A huge thank you goes to the sponsors, all the swimmers, Deb Trotter for keeping the food and drinks flowing and to lap counters etc for keeping track of where the swimmers were up to The amount raised will not be known until swimmers hand their sponsorship money in This is due by Friday December 7.

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