The Skipton Swimarathon has today launched a children’s colouring competition, encouraging more children and families to engage with one of Guernsey’s largest community events.
Skipton International, the sponsors of the Swimarathon, has commissioned local artist Sharka Lee to create a fun design to encourage even more Islanders to be involved with the five-day fundraiser.
The competition is open to all children aged 4-10, with the best artist winning a family day at Pirate Bay Adventure Golf followed by the cinema. They will also have the privilege of launching one of the weekend Swimarathon sessions at Beau Sejour.
Sharka Lee is a children’s book illustrator and art teacher at Elizabeth College, which has participated in the ‘Schools at Large’ swimarathon competition for many years.
Sharka said: “It was an honour to be asked to be involved with the Skipton Swimarathon and being given such a fun project to work on. I really enjoy illustrating for children as it’s such a liberating experience: you can be as imaginative and creative as you wish. Through this competition, I hope more children are encouraged to join in with the Swimarathon and awareness is raised of some very worthwhile local charities.”
The Village Project at Le Murier School has been selected as the main beneficiary of the event for this year. Money raised will help complete the building of four log cabins to helps students and those in the wider community learn independent living skills.
Nick Guillemette, Chairman of the Skipton Swimarathon Committee, said: “This competition is a chance to bring real colour to the event and for families to get their children involved, even if they aren’t able to swim. For more confident swimmers, we would encourage as many as possible to take to the pool, if they are dressed as mermaids or riding inflatable unicorns it really doesn’t matter as it’s all about having fun!”
The colouring competition will be open until 21 September with a winner being announced on Wednesday 26 September. To enter the colouring competition, please download Sharka’s creation from www.swimarathon.org