World record butterfly challenge
Thursday, 20th February, 2020
The Silver City Swim Club is one of eight swimming clubs throughout Australia hosting the 2020 World Record Butterfly Relay Attempt in memory of terrorist victim and swimmer, Kirsty Boden.
Initiated by Melbourne businessman Simon Joscelyne the goal is to have as many participants from all over Australia, swim fifty metres of butterfly in one hour. The local event is being held at the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre on Saturday 22nd February with warm-up at 4pm. Anyone in the community who can swim 50 metres of butterfly is encouraged to take part, whether they belong to any swimming club or not.
The challenge is in honour and memory of Kirsty Boden, the Australian nurse and swimmer hailing from Loxton, who tragically lost her life at the hands of terrorists in the London Bridge Attack of 2017. Dubbed the ‘Angel of London Bridge’, Kirsty was herself courageously helping other victims when she was killed.
Supported by Swimming Australia and Masters Swimming Victoria, funds raised go to the Remembering Kirsty Scholarship which sponsors talented country age-group swimmers. The scholarship helps country athletes attend national and state competitions, providing the opportunity to realise their ambitions and fulfil their swimming dreams. The first recipient of the Remembering Kirsty Scholarship in 2019 was Silver City Swim Club Captain, Kalyce Pressler, who will be participating in the Butterfly Challenge.
Registration for the 2020 World Record Butterfly Relay Attempt is $25 which includes a free t-shirt and swimming cap. Online registrations are encouraged at: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/PersonalDetails.aspx, but participants may also enter by cash on the day, with steak sandwiches and sausages in bread available to purchase.
The YMCA has also kindly donated the hire of the giant inflatable for the event.