Making a splash as they bid for a record

(from left): Daniel Morris, William Morris, Eve Mullen, Declan Pang (back), Ollie King (centre front), Harriet Lee, Alfie Kelly and Owen Foster.
(from left): Daniel Morris, William Morris, Eve Mullen, Declan Pang (back), Ollie King (centre front), Harriet Lee, Alfie Kelly and Owen Foster.

Club members are preparing to make a big splash – by swimming their way towards a world record.

A total of 100 swimmers – aged from nine to 48 – at Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club will take the plunge to enter the record books by each swimming 50 metres in an epic swim at Tynemouth Pool.

They are now preparing for their world record attempt on Saturday, December 13.

It is the brainchild of 16-year-old Ollie King, a pupil at Kings Priory School.

He said: “I wanted to give something back to the club and to help inspire the younger children at Tynemouth ASC to believe anything is possible.

“Personally, it means a lot to me as coaches often stress the importance of us reaching the top and there is nothing that can beat owning a world record. The fact I’m doing this with the swimming club and people I’ve grown up with means it’s very special.”

Club officials are now working with experts at the Guinness Book of Records to make sure everything is in place for their tilt at a global first.

They must do a 100 x 50m freestyle relay in less than an hour but the club needs to satisfy strict criteria to ensure their record is authentic.

Club chairman Tracey Booth is relishing the chance for the club to create their own niche in the sporting history books.

“We’re all really looking forward to the challenge of creating a world record and it should be a really exciting day,” said Tracey.

“The fact we have so many swimmers who are geared up to do something so exceptional is a great reflection on the hard work they do.”

The world record attempt will also be used to raise funds for a swimming camp to be staged for club members on the Spanish island of Mallorca next year with all participants expected to raise sponsorship.

Tracey said: “Swimmers as young as nine will be involved in this alongside everyone up to and including our ‘Masters’ swimmers and coaches and they are all right up for the challenge which should be a fantastic spectacle.

“Ollie deserves a lot of credit for being the inspiration behind this. It was his idea, he’s driven it forward and I know from talking to the swimmers who are taking part that they’re determined to ensure we’ve got something brilliant to celebrate.”

For further details about Tynemouth Amateur Swimming Club, which is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities, visit www.tynemouthasc.co.uk