Charlotte, Kiah, Nya, Yve, Ivy and Layne are all deadly competitors when it comes to swimming. But they know that childhood cancer can be just as savage so on 5 March, they’ll be taking part in the Mooloolaba Mile Ocean Swim, one of World Series Swims’ events, to make a difference.
The plucky Sunshine Coast locals were prompted to swim and raise money for The Kids’ Cancer Project the charity partner of World Series Swims, because in one way or another, they’ve seen the devastating effects of the disease.
“We decided to raise money for the Kids’ Cancer Project as a team. We know people affected by cancer and we wanted to help other families,” Charlotte said. “We told everyone what we were doing through Facebook and emails, and we aimed to raise $2000.”
In fact, the girls have already surpassed their goal, aided by friends and family.
“We chose the name Shark Angels for our team because when we competed at the Queensland Youth Surf Life Saving Championships in Hervey Bay, we joked that we would need angels to keep the sharks away!" said Charlotte.
What's behind the name and why do they swim?
"We want to swim like sharks in the Mooloolaba Mile to help keep cancer away from kids, like Shark Angels. We love swimming because it’s fun and you get to do it with your friends, it’s also healthy and good for you!," she said.
The Shark Angels train at Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club and in the pool at the Nambour Aquatic Centre.
Training has really helped them to prepare for this exciting event. With the support of the community their hard work will pay dividends with all funds going towards research to improve treatments for kids with cancer, and find a cure.
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