Inspired by last year’s student team, seven (brave!) Trinity staff will attempt a Channel swim this summer to raise money for our Trinity Bursary Fund.

The group, including Mr Sam Powell, Miss Jenni Snowdon, Mr Jim Hammond, Mrs Elizabeth Kilbey, Mr Ian Kench, Mr Peter Corish and Mr Nick Evans, will complete the challenge as a relay, in the same way our students did, and are hoping to be equally as successful.

Training has already started, under the watchful eye of Mr Strange, in the balmy waters off the south coast.  Some of the team have even stopped shivering since their last dip! This weekend they will be aiming for two hours as a qualifier for the actual attempt of the English Channel.

With the winds and tides working in their favour, the team are hoping to complete the swim at some point between the 8 and 14 of August 2019.

Although the English Channel is 21 miles in a straight line, most relay teams will cover about 36 miles during the entire swim.

Our pupils have told to us that swimming for an hour at a time, in 16 degree water, will not be the only challenge the swimmers will face; seasickness, jellyfish, swimming through the night and navigating the busiest shipping lane in the world are just a selection of the challenges recalled with glee by our previous student team.

The swim is a personal challenge for each of the group, but there is another motivation pushing them in to the cold, deep water each Sunday morning. The staff involved are raising money for our Trinity Bursary Fund, and hope to raise enough to pay for one student to have a free place at Trinity for one year.

Please keep your eyes and ears open for more news on the fundraising, whether it be JustGiving pages, events during school time or additional events in the summer holidays – the team would be incredibly grateful for all support and donations.


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