Local Athletes To Take Part In 'Big Swim' For Brigadoon Village

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 11:57 AM

(Photo: Bryan Hipson at the Johnny Miles Marathon earlier this year)

Two Yarmouth athletes will be taking part in the 'Big Swim' this Sunday.

Bryan Hipson and Bobby-Lou Reardon will swim from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island along the Confederation Bridge.

It's a fundraiser for Brigadoon Village, a camp for kids with disabilities.

Hipson says that's reason enough to do this event.

He says this will also help improve his swimming ahead of an Ironman race later this month.

"It's around 13 kilometres, so maybe when I approach the Ironman in August, the 3.8 kilometre swim won't be as daunting. I'm a strong runner and a fairly good biker, but my swim is not that great by comparison, but it's getting better. I'm improving my technique."

It's the first year Hipson will be taking part in the event, while Reardon has done it the last number of years.

Hipson says each swimmer has to raise at least $1,500 in sponsorship funds.