To all involved in Sunday’s Swimathon …
This is a very big thank you for today’s swimathon. Your journey in reaching what was involved in organising today may at times have been frustrating and challenging but from my point of view in taking part, it was:
- Very well organised, running smoothly and on time
- Despite nerves felt by quite a few, exceptionally relaxed and friendly with many people sparking up conversation and generally feeling (genuinely) welcome by both staff and people taking part
- The briefing, warm up and acclimatising to the water was perfect. I even thought at the time, “I expect this will bring some of these people back to the lake again”
- The safety crew were faultless (in my opinion) and a special thank you to Hannah’s daughter. I wasn’t okay shortly after starting and while she may say she ‘did nothing”, never has a 16 year so strongly and forcefully told me what to do. Her firm calm instruction turned my swim from adamant “I can’t and don't want to ***** do this”, to “I’ll give this another go”. Challenging to find the right words but I literally was wanting to just get out and her handling of my freakout turned that around. While the minutes clinging to her kayak meant loosing my goal time, the remainder of the swim got better and better.
I’m surprised more regular Horseshoe Lake swimmers didn’t take part. Their loss. Many people said how they too enjoyed that it was a small friendly crowd taking part. We were happy with the start number :-)
I truly hope you do this again in 2019 and am very much up for helping with admin or anything if helpful.
A poorly written email but prefer writing off the cuff than thinking about a well worded message and never actually sending it.
In short. Thank you. Perfect event. Unable to make suggestions on how it could have been improved. (Ended up) loving it.