Deadline set for Splash 2014 entries

This year's team from Cortachy Primary School are hoping the Junior Schools' Cup will be theirs.

This year's team from Cortachy Primary School are hoping the Junior Schools' Cup will be theirs.

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A deadline of Monday, September 15 for Kirriemuir Splash 2014 swim entries has been announced.

However, aspiring teams of any age from just six years can still order their urgent entry forms from info@kirriemuirsplashswim.org or phone 01575 572129.

The historic 25th anniversary swim takes place on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27 from 1.30 p.m. at Webster’s Leisure Pool.

A spokesman said: “We have more entries than ever before, with the promise of a serious record bid on the Splash distance record of 138 20m lengths in 25 minutes of frenzied aquatic excitement. This determined effort by club athletes will contrast with the gentler performance of our many younger and veteran entrants - but their swims are just as important for our fund-raising target of £10,000 for 2014.

“Every swimmer of any age will receive a personal certificate recording their team’s breathtaking performance and gleaming trophies will be presented by Iain Gaul, leader of Angus Council, to competing schools, community and club teams.”

To date Splash has raised £180,000. Charities for direct funding in 2014 include Erskine Scotland, Pelotas Children’s Home Brazil, Special Olympics, Alzheimers Scotland (Angus), Operacion San Andres Peru, Edinburgh Sick Kids, Children’s Diabetes Aberdeen, KIVA Loans, Sightsavers West Africa and Christian Aid. Splash money is distributed to meet these urgent needs by the organising churches, St Andrew’s, St Anthony’s, St Mary’s and Glens and Old Parish, jointly represented by a committee of eight volunteers.

The spokesman continued: “For this Silver Anniversary year over 30 Angus firms have funded Splash as lane sponsors - with one especially generous, anonymous local main sponsor. As for many years past, Kirriemuir Rotary Club is again a major sponsor. But most of all, Splash relies on the unfailing enthusiasm of Angus people - the parents, friends and neighbours of our 300 swimmers at each annual event.”

Spectators and coaches will be welcomed throughout the afternoon to provide vocal encouragement for their chosen team and to enjoy the lively poolside commentary by the inimitable John Neeson - formerly of Northmuir Primary and now head of St Vincent’s Primary, Dundee. Safety cover will be provided by Kirriemuir Leisure Centre’s professional lifeguard team - who will also perform in the swim.