EMOTIONAL SWIM: Sisters Shelley Hayes, from Coraki, and Stephanie Lymburner, from Coolgardie, at last Saturday’s fundraising Big Swim in honour of their late sister Francesca (photographed right).
EMOTIONAL SWIM: Sisters Shelley Hayes, from Coraki, and Stephanie Lymburner, from Coolgardie, at last Saturday’s fundraising Big Swim in honour of their late sister Francesca (photographed right).

Big Swim makes splash for cancer

IT WAS a very busy - but also an emotional time - at Ballina Memorial Pool last Saturday for Coolgardie woman Stephanie Lymburner.

Stephanie organised the Big Swim for Francesca in honour of her sister, who passed away from breast cancer just over 12 months ago.

And she was joined at the event by another sister, Shelley Hayes, from Coraki.

The $3300 the event raised will be shared between the Ballina Breast Cancer Support Group and Drop-in Centre and the Byron Bay Breast Cancer Support Group.

Stephanie said her sister had enjoyed swimming, and a photo of Francesca in swimming togs was on display at the fundraiser.

She learnt to swim as a child in Ballina's Shaws Bay.

Stephanie said the support she received for the inaugural event was "fantastic".

In fact, Stephanie said she was so encouraged by the participation - there were more 200 people at the pool on an overcast day - that the Big Swim for Francesca would be on again next year.

There were 15 teams in the timed relay events in which the winner was the team which swam the time closest to their predicted time. Ballina's Barracuda Boys finished in a dead-heat to the Barracudas.


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