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17 December, 2020

Emerald swimmer to raise funds for sick kids

Gifted local swimmer Peyton Watson knows what it’s like to be unwell and to be bullied. Last year she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and has also been bullied in school for her 5’11” height.

However, instead of feeling sorry for herself she’s decided to help other sick kids by swimming 14 km in 30 days to raise funds for the Starlight Super Swim which helps sick children.

“I've joined the Starlight Super Swim to make a splash for sick kids. Every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia,” said Peyton.

“When I heard about the Starlight Foundation’s Super Swim I thought this was a perfect opportunity to make a difference by doing something I’m passionate about.

“And what better way for me to help than doing something that I love.”

The Emerald Christian College student, 11, who was born in Emerald, is a competitive swimmer with local swim club the Emerald Seals.

Her dream is to compete at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Peyton’s swim will take place from January 26 to February 24 next year.

During this time she will be swimming daily at the Emerald 50m pool with the goal of raising $500. To date she has already raised $305.

The Super Swim challenge is for all ages, all fitness levels, and can take place at any location across Australia.

Challengers can choose their own distance and fundraising goal, and can participate as an individual, or as part of a team.

Starlight's mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families and to let them forget about the needles, hospital visits and painful treatments and enjoy their childhood for a little while.  

If you’d like to sponsor Peyton please follow the link below:


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