Cooma's Jacob dives in to help out

TWO years ago, seven-year-old Jacob Suthern set out on a mission. He was going to swim 10 laps and raise $100 for the YMCA Swimathon.

He achieved his goal, swimming 24 laps and raising $1,300 and then upped the ante last year, swimming a whopping 100 laps and raising more than $5,000.

Now, at nine-years-old, he has set himself a big goal, to swim 150 laps this Sunday for the 2014 YMCA Swimathon.

Participants fundraise for swimming programs in their local community, allowing more people the chance to learn to swim.

It will be Jacob's third Swimathon, and he is encouraging other residents to jump in and take part too.

"I go to Cooma Public School and we have a special needs class at my school. I thought it would be good to help my school friends learn to swim because I think swimming is important and it can save your life, but it's also good for you. Oh, how could I forget, swimming is also very fun," he said.

"I have friends with a disability and some of your friends might have a disability too. You can help them by taking part and raising money for your community in the YMCA Swimathon in 2014."

This year he has formed a team, the Cooma Public School Sharks who are hoping to raise $3,000 for learn to swim programs for disabled children in Cooma.

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The Swimathon will start at the Cooma Festival Swimming Pool on Sunday March 2 at 10am. For more information head to

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