Making a splash for Sport Relief

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MORE than 2,000 people from across the region took part in in the Big Splash charity fundraising extravaganza, organised by the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT), over the weekend.

The event, across the BSLT’s network of pools, was devised, in conjunction with governing body British Swimming, to encourage Borderers to visit their local facilities and swim 40 lengths.

Many participants gained sponsorship for their efforts and pledged it to Sport Relief, the event’s selected charity.

In Galashiels, participants included staff from the town’s Asda store, who released ducks into the pool, as well as Tweed Canoe Club and the Borders Barmy Army.

BSLT chief executive Ewan Jackson said: “It was brilliant to see hundreds of local people using our pools as part of the Big Splash. We have some fabulous swimming facilities in the Borders and are always looking for ways to encourage more people to come and take advantage of them.

“Swimming is a brilliant activity as it is suitable for people of all ages and is a great way for families to have fun together.”

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