Taunton Students To Swim Around Jersey
14 student swimmers from Somerset will swim around Jersey to raise money for Holidays for Heroes.
The Taunton School pupils, in years 8 to 13, will swim in relay to complete the 41 mile challenge.
They’ve now arrived in the island, alongside staff members who will accompany them on board and in kayaks.
One of those is swim coach and teacher Hamish McCarthy, who has done the swim before.
“I did it when I was with the military raising funds for Holidays for Heroes Jersey. Unfortunately I was injured, had a lot of surgery and the charity helped me.
“So I thought I’d bring some boys and girls back, give them a fantastic challenge and hopefully raise some money alongside it.”
It will take place sometime next week, on the day when conditions are most suitable.
The school has become well-known for taking on swimming challenges, which has included the English Channel, The Solent and The Bosporous aswell as taking part in The Henley Classic swim, The St Micheal’s Mount swim and Clevedon Long swim.
Mr McCarthy says this task will be tough, but that it’s achievable.
“This is the most challenging swim yet because of the massive tides that make the 41 mile swim possible in an average of 10 hours. Also the large Atlantic swell experience around the north of the island and Grosnez Point means there will be large waves for our swimmers to contend with.
“There will be very strong currents and tidal races to get through but I am confident that this group of swimmers can do it.”
The pupils involved are:
Year 8: Helen Hounslow, Ollie Heard, Darcie Coleman, Josh Green.
Year 9: Freddie Salter-Green, Hetty James.
Year 10: Freya Tyler, Emma Hounslow, Skyla Coate, Emily Lawton.
Year 11: Flo Salter-Green, Ollie James, Georgia Williams.
Year 13: Millie Tyler.
They will be accompanied by: Hamish McCarthy (swim coach and teacher), Ruth Coomber (teacher), Hayley Mortimer (Director of Sport) and Ed Burnett (Deputy Head).