Grantham Rotarian Roger Graves: ‘We are over the moon with the world record’

Global swim at Leisure Centre. Left to right is Roger Graves and Paul Wilson. 077C
Global swim at Leisure Centre. Left to right is Roger Graves and Paul Wilson. 077C
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COMMUNITY LEADERS’ CORNER: This week Founder of the Rotary Global Swimarathon Roger Graves celebrates the world record

THE Rotary Club of Grantham was over the moon that the world record had been achieved for the Rotary Global Swim.

February 25 seems a long time ago but having to collect paperwork and evidence from around the world took a long time and then we had to wait a further eight weeks for confirmation.

It was worth the wait. The most important aspect is that 101,000 US Dollars was raised towards Rotary International’s End Polio Now.

We will have helped to prevent 132,000 children suffering or dying from the dreadful disease.

In 2012 people laughed when I first came up with the idea but with help from a group of colleagues, in particular Paul Wilson, who led the worldwide Facebook and Twitter campaign, and Suzanne Rea in Australia, we have achieved all of our goals.

After recent Olympic records we have achieved our own with 4,546 people involved. It’s just amazing.

As for the future, one of the aims of the Rotary Global Swimarathon was to encourage Rotary Clubs around the world to hold their own event. With the success of 2012 we already have 300 clubs signed up for February 23, 2013 when we will be holding The World’s Biggest Swim...and that’s official!

This will involve people swimming 100m during any pool activity. Funds will be raised to End Polio and local charities with a view of raising $1m. We’ve got to go for it.