Swim is 'personal' for national figure

Last updated 12:04 26/09/2014

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The Nelson Triathlon Club has attracted attention from a distant triathlon enthusiast.

Yesterday the club sent out an email reminding members of Sunday's Blue September 600m swim in support of the 600 men affected by prostate cancer every year.

Within minutes there was a reply from Tom Pryde, a former president of Triathlon New Zealand and patron of Sport Southland.

"I would love to be there and participate, being one of this year's class of 600. But it is a bit too far to get there from Queenstown by Sunday.

"I have been swimming daily since my surgery four weeks ago, and seem to be recovering well. I think I am one of the lucky ones.

"I hope the swim goes well. As you are using the event as a fundraiser for prostate cancer, put me down for $100 and email me back the bank account or postal address to get this to you."

The swim is open to all, with an entry fee of $5, but participants are encouraged to seek donations from friends, family and workmates. Entries will be taken from 9am at the Nelson Yacht Club ramp. The swim starts at 10am. Members of the public are invited to watch and to make donations.

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