Daring Devika dives into the world of swimming!
Devika knows how it feels to challenge yourself in the water. Despite loving the idea of swimming, she has never felt confident in the water. Over the last few months she has therefore pushed herself, faced her fears and begun learning how to swim independently.
This experience has led Devika to have the perfect skill set for supporting this year’s Great Lengths participants.
In her role as Fundraising Events Assistant, Devika is there throughout every step of a swimmers journey. She offers motivation, advice and encouragement, not only in relation to fundraising, but also in their training.
Click to view the video or read on to find out more about how Devika is diving into her personal swim challenge…
Hey Devika! What does the word “challenge” mean to you?
It means pushing myself out of my comfort zone and doing something adventurous or exciting. It is exploring a new situation or activity that will inspire me to upskill and grow.
And how does this relate to swimming? What is your swim story?
I had a fear of water when I was young but my friends helped me overcome this. I am now challenging myself to swim independently which is really exciting.
Learning how to swim has been liberating and empowering as I can finally be in water on my own. It is like meditation for me as my mind and body are fully involved; free from any other thoughts or worries. I have a lot of fun just floating around in the pool sometimes – swimming is not all about rules but finding your own way of moving in water.
What would you say to someone thinking of signing up to Great Lengths? Why should they register?
Great Lengths is a swim challenge for everyone, irrespective of their abilities. The challenge is very personal and is a good opportunity for anyone who likes water to step out of their comfort zone and fundraise for a great cause. [Distances range from “dip your toe” to 5 kilometres, find out more here].
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Learning how to swim is one of the best things I have done for myself. Every time I am in the pool, I learn something new. Thus, doing a challenge becomes more fulfilling for me.
If Sara has inspired you to get in the water – no matter your size or ability – ‘Great Lengths’ is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself whilst also fundraising for young people with learning disabilities.