Stradbroke Swim Centre caps successful year with £10k haul for Marie Curie

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Staff at a north Suffolk swimming pool say they hope for “bigger and better” in 2016, after ending a very successful year with a haul of more than £10,000 for charity.

Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre announced its team of 181 swimmers raised £10,035.40 with sponsorships in aid of Marie Curie, as part of the 2015 National Swimathon, where the centre placed second out of 604 participating UK pools.

This comes following a busy year in which the facility received UK Active’s Gold Flame Award for innovation and excellence, and collected almost £2,000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust via numerous events.

Maria Smith, the centre’s Duty Manager, told the Diss Express: “It’s been a fantastic and exciting year. I think everybody has enjoyed being a part of it.

“It’s a great team. We’ve got a very loyal customer network, and the enthusiasm of the staff rubs off on the customers.

“Next year, we’re aiming for bigger and better. I don’t know how we can beat this year, but we will certainly try!”

The Wilby Road centre also praised several regular swimmers who enjoyed a standout year in the competitive scene.

They include veteran coach Len Phoenix, who earned 106 medals from 12 competitions this year, and local triathlete Lee Shipp, who represented the UK at the World Triathlon Championships in the USA, following training at Stradbroke’s Swimfit sessions.

Stuart Murdy, the facility’s general manager, said: “For a small rural pool, we do extremely well with the limited resources we have.

“It’s a testament to the colleagues. They have a great rapport with local villages and the people who come to the site.”

The centre is now seeking entrants to join their team for its second annual triathlon and the 2016 Swimathon.

For more on the triathlon, see www.britishtriathlon.org

To learn about the Swimathon, visit www.swimathon.org