A team from the States of Jersey Customs and Immigration Service has won the 2014 RBC Challenge Cup for the second time in as many years. The trophy is awarded to the corporate team that completes the most laps during their 55-minute slot at the Swimarathon event sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.
The States team swam an impressive 95 laps, beating their previous total by three laps and out-swimming the other 53 corporate teams that entered the competition for a chance to lift the coveted trophy. Team captain Neil Hutton, said: ‘Keeping fit is critical for our work so we are no strangers to the gym. We relished the opportunity to apply our regular training to a worthwhile cause like the Swimarathon, have some fun, and take on the challenge of the RBC trophy.
‘I think one of the secrets of our success is that the swimmers pace themselves and leave a little in reserve. This pays dividends in the last ten minutes or so where they are able to go up a gear and exhaust themselves when they have about three laps each to finish. I would like to thank James Moulson, in particular, for his organisational skills, bringing together eight States teams that swam a total of 578 laps.’
Chris Blampied, Head of Banking, RBC Wealth Management said: ‘The Cup brought a new dimension to the Swimarathon when it was introduced in 2012, adding a splash of competition to this already exciting event. I would like to congratulate Customs and Immigration on their second victory – they are clearly the team to beat!’
Lions Club of Jersey President Chris Clarke, said: ‘We have always encouraged the corporate teams to take part in the Swimarathon and they never let us down. The impressive number of the laps swum is a physical feat with a charitable bonus, given that RBC Wealth Management matched the funds raised by the Customs team. The event was a great event and I would like to congratulate the Customs and Immigration team for their achievement, as well as all those that took part either as a swimmer or a fundraiser. Onwards and upwards.’
The Swimarathon took place at the Les Quennevais Leisure Centre from 12 to 16 March and raised over £127,500. Since the first Swimarathon in 1972, the event has now raised more than £3.3 million for local charities.