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Matteo Intriglia, Liam O'Brian and Joe Doyle.

At 7am on Wednesday 25th May 2016, four students from the Sixth Form Sporting Excellence Scheme undertook an open water swimming training session.

The four boys (Joe Doyle, Liam O’Brien, Matteo Intrigila and Charlie Malin) went to Denham Water-ski Lake and took part in their open water swimming session with Mr Brown as preparation for a sprint triathlon that they are organising and participating in to raise money for JESS BEAT BORIS.  For one of their BTEC Sport assignments they have to organise a sports event and they have decided to raise money by organising a sprint distance triathlon.  All of the boys who took part are footballers, not swimmers or triathletes, but they all have positive attitudes towards trying new things and working hard to prepare for them.

The boys have taken part in an indoor triathlon, which included a pool swim at The Harefield Academy, however this was their first open water swimming experience.   The water was cold and took some getting used to, but all of the boys coped well and successfully completed the planned session.  

Mr Brown said, “Swimming in open water is different to swimming in a pool.  There are different risks and people react differently to the situation.  After a safety briefing and entering the water, they boys did some exercises to get used to the water before swimming.  The biggest factor today was the cold, but they all coped extremely well for their first experience.  They can use this experience to help them to prepare for their triathlon swim that will also take place in Denham Water-Ski Lake.”

The students themselves were all very positive about the experience.

Liam O’Brien  – “It was enjoyable but the hardest part was that the water was cold.   It was a good introduction to open water swimming and will help me to prepare for the triathlon.”

Joe Doyle – “It is different to swimming in a pool and wearing a wetsuit made a difference.”

Matteo Intrigila – “It was a great experience and a nice way to start the day.”

The Year 12 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport group are raising money for JESS BEAT BORIS.  Jess is the 8 year old grand-daughter of a member of The Harefield Academy staff. She has neuroblastoma and has named the tumor ‘Boris’.  The treatment that she needs is in the USA and this will cost £120,000.  This is a cause that the whole group strongly wanted to support and they hope to be able to raise money to contribute.  If you would like to support them in their challenge and fundraising, you can sponsor them or donate directly to the cause.