DHKN is delighted to support the 2022 ‘Longest Day Swim’ in aid of Jigsaw Galway which supports young people’s mental health.
The “Longest Day Swim 2022” is organised and run by Galway Swimming Club. It is a timed, open water river swim for competent over 18’s open water swimmers which attracts all standards of open water swimmers and triathletes: from fun swimmers to elite athletes, all are welcome.
To add further excitement this year’s swim will be spearheaded by the renowned American Olympic Gold Medal winner and 2 time swimming Olympian Gunnar Bentz. He will be challenged by well-known Irish swimmers such Alan Corby as well as a host of emerging stars from Galway Swimming Club.
This popular event, which expects around 100 swimmers this year, returns after a two-year break caused by pandemic restrictions.
“We’re delighted to bring back the Longest Day Swim and to promote the physical and mental health benefits of swimming,” says Chairman of Galway Swimming Club, Mark Gibbs. “I’m particularly happy to welcome Jigsaw on board as our charity of choice this year and would also like to acknowledge the support of our headline sponsor Medtronic.”
There are two swims available. A 4km swim starting at Glenlo Abbey and a 2.5km version starting at the slip in Dangan. Swimmers will have to navigate their way across the Corrib from their starting points and then head downstream to the finish line at Steamers’ Quay, just above the Salmon Weir.
Entries are still open through Eventbrite here. Registration is on Saturday at the NUI Galway sports pavilion in Dangan between 1.30 and 2.30. The swims will start between 3.00 and 3.30.
There will be plenty of opportunities to cheer on all the swimmers. The NUIG grounds all the way down to the Corrib Club as well as the Quincentary Bridge will provide great views.
“Jigsaw is a fantastic support service for young people right here in Galway and deserves lots of support,” says Mark Gibbs who is also a partner at DHKN. “”The Longest Day theme symbolises more light and hope for young people dealing with mental health challenges.”