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Andrew Rees is a deaf swimmer who represented Great Britain at swimming and water polo in the 1985 and 1989 Deaflympics. This year he is swimming the Channel and he wants to raise funds for the GB Deaf Swimming Club to support the team that are to be selected to compete in the 2017 Deaflympic Games in Samsun, Turkey. The English Channel is the Everest of swimming; in fact more people have successfully climbed Everest than swim the channel! To date, no British deaf swimmer has successfully done a solo swim across the English Channel.
Currently, our Deaflympic swimmers do not receive funding and have to raise their own costs to travel and compete. Please help Andrew to raise £6000, to help the team and make it easier for those selected to focus on their swimming preparation rather than having to worry about raising funds. See http://www.gbdeafswimming.org/ for more information.
Andrew says "I have been working hard with my Coach, Fiona Southwell, to complete this challenge because I want to give something back to deaf swimming. I aim to swim the English Channel at a designated time between 8th & 20th July, with just my support boat, the Louise Jane, nearby. Under the Channel Swimming Association rules, I am only allowed to wear swimming trunks, one hat and a pair of goggles (no wetsuit!)".
Please sponsor Andrew and share this page amongst family, friends and work colleagues, so that more people are aware of Andrew, and the worthy cause he is supporting with his cross-channel swim.