Find out about Kirsty and raising money for BoBath Scotland !
About this time last year, after 17 years out of the pool, I decided it was time to set myself a wee challenge and try open water swimming.
The main reason for doing this was to raise money for Bobath Scotland. I was born 10 weeks premature, resulting in me having cerebral palsy (hence I'm the one falling in and out of lochs and plodding along at the end at events lol). Bobath Scotland is a charity which aims to allow children and adults with cerebral palsy to live as independent a life as possible. Bobath therapy was instrumental in getting me on my feet and my inspiring mum and dad were part of a small group of parents who raised about a million pounds to get the first Scottish Bobath Centre open 25 years ago! I was asked to go to their teen academy last summer to talk about growing up with cerebral palsy, going to university and working. I realised the gaps in resources, stigma and challenges for people with cerebral palsy were still very apparent! And so my plans to fundraise (and hopefully raise a wee bit of awareness began).
The initial plan was to swim a mile but as Robert had coached me (years ago) it grew arms and legs. Soon I was out in lochs 4 times per week so that I could swim the length of Lubnaig for Bobath. I even managed to persaude my great pal David (after a few beers on holiday) to take up open water swimming. After a year he has gone from swimming 2 lengths front crawl to 3km in the open water. Aiming to swim 1 mile at the Great Scottish Swim. Together we have raised over £3500 (and still rising). We are super chuffed by all the support (money wise, coaching, swim buddies and hauling me in and out of lochs), and have loved that we have gained a great new hobbie into the bargain.
Tuesdays & Thursdays at Darnley Dams from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
9:15am at Fannyside Loch
Long Distance Training
Robert won't there this Saturday but there are still swimmers going along if you fancy it.