Swimming is often used by athletes to recover from injury or help their return to fitness, but when eleven year old Ethan Evans was left badly injured after a hit and run incident three years ago meaning he could no longer enjoy his favourite sport of football, swimming was recommended by his physiotherapist and he didn’t realise he’d be so good at it! Ethan won 3 silver medals in his first competition and hasn’t looked back since.
Now Ethan uses his swimming skills to help others by raising money for various causes, the first being over five hundred pounds for his school to buy sports equipment they needed but had no funds to buy it with and has continued to raise an amazing amount of money for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit totalling over three thousand and six hundred pounds.
Ethan is now training for his next fund raising challenge which is a junior triathlon where he is hoping to reach the five thousand pound mark for St. Ann’s Hospice who cared for his grandmother. Ethan shares his big heart with his granddad who himself has raised over one hundred and twenty thousand pounds for hospice over the past few years.
We asked Ethan some questions about his swimming and his challenge..
How long have you been swimming and why did you start?
I started swimming when I was six years old to have a skill but was advised to take it up by my physiotherapist after my accident, so my mum enrolled me in a swimming club and I started to enter competitions. I won 3 silver medals in my first competition and I now have many county times and a regional time in my 100 fly which is 116.84 and I swim for the City of Salford and Worsley swim clubs.
How often do you swim and how are you preparing for your next challenge?
I swim for my clubs six times per week.
Who is your favourite swimmer?
I have three favourite swimmers and they are Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Michael Rock.
What inspires you to swim and raise money?
I am inspired to raise money partly because of the injury I suffered so that I can help others who are fighting to overcome illness and injury. My granddad helps to promote what I am trying to do and he is my biggest inspiration, I am happy to swim and to combine this with raising money.
Tell us about your current fundraising challenge?
My current fundraising challenge is for St Ann’s Hospice and I will be doing a junior triathlon and that will be a one mile swim, a three mile bike ride and a three mile run.
If you would like to help Ethan reach his fund raising goal for this fantastic cause, please contact him through his Facebook Page for details of how to donate.