Rudding Park Raises over £2000 for Hotshots in Charity Olympic-Inspired Swimming Challenge

To mark the 100 day countdown to the Olympics on Wednesday 17 April, Rudding Park in Harrogate joined forces with Hotshots – Harrogate District Swimming Club’s Disability Squad – to embark on a fun charity swimming challenge inspired by the Olympics helping raise funds for this important community group.

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Hotshots – Harrogate District Swimming Club’s Disability Squad

The ‘Swim to Paris Challenge’ (location of this year’s Olympics) saw participants swim 1000m, 1500m or 2000m with the aim being that the combined distance would reach 787km, the distance from Harrogate to Paris! Over 30 participants took part in the final leg of the swim, including Foundation & Hotshots from HDSC, Rudding Park members and employees.

Nick Mackaness, Rudding Park Managing Director commented: “as a business we are committed to supporting our local community and given we are in an Olympic year, it’s was only right we set ourselves an appropriate challenge! I heard about the amazing ‘Hotshots’ squad last year and felt it was a brilliant opportunity to join forces, hosting a challenge at the swimming pool in The Spa. I am delighted it’s become a reality and through the challenge we have raised over £2,000 for Hotshots.

Based at Brimhams Active in Harrogate, Hotshot's aim is to ensure their squad can be healthier and more active so they can enjoy a happier and more independent life.

Brian Charlton from Harrogate District Swimming Club explains “As a club our long term vision is to provide a comprehensive programme covering competitive swimming, whilst also providing for those who just want to train for fitness, enjoyment or to compete in other disciplines, incorporating Masters and Disability swimming. The Hotshots squad encompass all those visions and with the support from Rudding Park this will allow us to support the squad with classifications, competition entries and help build the squad back to the size it was pre-Covid. 

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