A Monmouth charity swim is helping to fund a scout group’s maiden voyage to Australia next month.
More than 60 competitors took the plunge in Monmouth School Sports Club’s fifth Great Wye Swim in May.
The event raised £1,026.34 for the Royal Forest of Dean’s Inferno Explorer Scouts, whose members have manned the safety boats on the river every year since the swim started.
Now a group of 16 from Inferno Explorer Scouts will be heading to Brisbane in Australia on 7th August for a jamboree. The scouts will also be taking in Sydney and Cairns.
Mr Andy Heaysman, Inferno Explorer Scouts’ leader, who lives in Newent, said: “This is the first time we will be travelling to Australia as an exchange group and we can’t wait. We are very grateful to Monmouth School Sports Club for the donation which we will use to help pay for our ground-breaking trip.”
Event organiser, Mr Iain MacDonald, who manages the sports club, said: “Members of the Royal Forest of Dean Inferno Explorer Scouts are a very worthy cause because they have helped us run our event safely every year.
“We hope the group has a memorable and enjoyable adventure in Australia and we look forward to working with them again in our Great Wye Swim next year.”The Great
Wye Swim was the brainchild of Teresa Tranter and includes a 1km downstream swim from St Peter’s Church.
Michael Lewis and Lydia Stratford won the male and female wetsuit categories of the 2km swim, while Emily Harper triumphed in the female 2km non wetsuit event.
Leon Meek achieved first place in the male 1km wetsuit swim, with Katie Allen taking the honours in the female section.
Killian Walley won the male 1km male non wetsuit discipline, with Josie Parkinson taking the plaudits in the female category.