Swimarathon chairman receives an award created in his honour

Roger Graves and his party celebrate Roger winning a Special Achievement Award.
Roger Graves and his party celebrate Roger winning a Special Achievement Award.
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SO incredible is the fund-raising work carried out by Rotarian Roger Graves that a special award has been created in his honour.

Roger, of Barrowby Road, Grantham, is chairman of the annual Swimarathon, which has raised over £510,000 for charities in its 22 years, and £46,000 this year alone.

When the event was entered into the 2011 Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards, judges decided to create a ‘Special Achievement Award’.

Winning the award came as a big surprise to Roger and his party at the ceremony in Sheffield on Saturday night, where they attended as a shortlisted finalist for the ‘Fundraising Award’.

He said: “It was totally unexpected and I am delighted to have won this.

“The event is and always will be a community event, local people having fun and raising money for their own community. That is why it is so successful.

“I am honoured to have received this accolade but without the support of the people of Grantham the event wouldn’t happen, so I accept it on behalf of all those that help, sponsor and of course the swimmers themselves.”

The awards celebrate some of the country’s most outstanding achievers in the world of swimming, and this year’s ceremony was attended by Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth aquatic stars.

l The Rotary Swimarathon will take place February 3-5. To register a team, visit www.rotaryswimarathon.org