This is my fifth year of taking on the Aspire Channel Swim but I absolutely love it!  I had always thought about signing up for the challenge but I always loved the gym and classes and with working full time I just felt that I did just not have time to complete it.

I then began to suffer with plantar fasciitis in my feet and the doctor told me that I need to find a new form of exercise for a while. First I panicked! Then I anxiously signed up to the Aspire Channel Swim because, although I have always been able to swim, I had never made it a real habit. Thoughts of “what if?” filled my head… “What would happen if I could not complete it?” … “What if no one sponsors me?” … but I cracked on and I really enjoyed the sense of achievement clocking up the miles and, along with the health benefits, it was great knowing that I was helping such a worthwhile cause.

Emma with her husband

The following year I signed up again and although we went through several lockdowns, the Aspire Channel Swim kept me going, and even with the pool closing during lockdown I still manage to complete the challenge and fundraise.

I learnt to swim in the 70’s and although can swim breaststroke I was never taught how to swim front crawl so this year I decided that as well as taking on the Aspire Channel Swim again at Collingtree Park Health Club and swimming breaststroke, I am also learning how to swim front crawl. This has really taken me out of my comfort zone and at times it has been daunting having swimming lessons as an adult, but I am persisting and when I can crack the breathing, I will be there!

Taking on the Aspire Channel Swim is rewarding in so many ways!  It has kept me sane when I was unable to exercise in the gym, it has pushed me to want to learn to swim better but more importantly than that it has allowed me to help people with spinal cord injuries - what a great feeling!

Sponsor Emma

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