YMCA of Eastern Ontario

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Swim for Kids

Swim for Kids is an annual open-water swim event in support of children and youth with physical disabilities. Co-hosted by the YMCA of Eastern Ontario and Easter Seals, the event includes a 1.5 km and 3 km swims and is open to swimmers of all abilities aged 12+. Funds are raised through an entry fee and through participant fundraising.

Funds raised support the YMCA of Eastern Ontario, Kingston Y Penguins swim program coached by marathon swimmer Vicki Keith. The swim club encourages children with physical disabilities and their siblings to excel, building confidence and strength of mind, body and spirit.

Funds also provides families of children with physical disabilities with financial assistance for expensive mobility equipment and communication devices such as walkers, braces, and wheelchairs, fully accessible Easter Seals camps, and funding for alternative recreational programs.

2019: 3rd Annual Swim For Kids event raises $37,441 for kids with
physical disabilities.

On July 27, 2019, The YMCA of Eastern Ontario with Easter Seals Ontario hosted the 3rd annual Swim for Kids event in support of programs and initiatives for children and youth with physical disabilities. To date, participating swimmers, donors and sponsors have raised a combined total of $37,441.

In addition to plenty of fresh air and good-natured competition, the event included swim caps, participation medals, and a post-swim breakfast for athletes and guests. Massages were also provided by Trillium College and Fresh Radio 104.3 was on hand to provide live coverage and musical entertainment at the event.

MP Mark Gerretsen, Mayor Bryan Paterson, Town Crier Chris Whyman, and a representative for MPP Ian Arthur were on hand to greet the athletes, sponsors, donors and guests and to thank them for their attendance and contributions to the event. An award ceremony rounded out the festivities with prizes and awards provided to outstanding swimmers and fundraisers in acknowledgement of their achievements.

Prizes awarded for the top event fundraisers included a $3000 VIA Rail travel package donated by VIA Rail and the CEOs of YMCA of Eastern Ontario and Easter Seals, a trip for two to Montreal donated by Merit Travel and a 13ft kayak donated by ClearWater Design.

Prize medals were also awarded to those athletes finishing in the top place for their respective categories. These included age, gender, wetsuit and non wetsuit, Para-athlete and able-bodied athlete categories.