LAST Sunday, Lochie Hinds, at 16 years of age left the sands of Dover, England to embark on his attempt to be the youngest ever person ever to swim across the English Channel.
It took Hinds almost two years to plan his assault on the 34km stretch of water from Dover, England to Calais and due to tidal changes Hinds ended up swimming almost 60km to reach the shores of France.
If his own personal commitment to cross The Channel was not enough of a challenge, as part of his sporting journey he raised money for charity.
Hinds held fundraisers and undertook a wide variety of sport-related challenges.
All of these charitable endeavours were in his attempt to raise over $3,000 for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter in conjunction with his achieving his own sporting goals.
Back in Armidale, over the next two weekends, the UNE Barbarians, the Armidale Blues and East Armidale Soccer clubs will all host separate charity events to raise money for their respective causes.
The UNE Barbarians and Barbets will host Christmas in July tomorrow night at the St Kilda Hotel with all funds raised being donated to Can Assist, a charity that supports regional families attempting to deal with cancer.
The Armidale Blues rugby and netball teams will host their Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 21, to raise funds for MS Australia.
This weekend will also see East Armidale Soccer Club continue its 50th anniversary celebrations by hosting a charity football round at Doody Park.
The games will see Easts players across four grades take to the field in ‘crazy hair’ in support of the local charity, New England Headwear and Wigs Library.
The Headwear Library assists those in our community living with some of the side-effects associated with cancer.
If anyone was ever to question the role of sport in any society, you need only to look at these examples to prove sports’ worth in our community and it extends far-beyond the sporting fields.
Each week, these clubs field teams to play in local competitions and it is our involvement in our community (sporting or otherwise) that gives our community its life and soul.
For these teams to then go and step outside of their conventional ‘role’ in the community.
For sporting organisations to support those in need, it suggests that sport plays a far bigger a role in our lives, the lives of others and our community than we will ever give it credit for.
What are some of other local sporting endeavours that are taking place all in the name of charity?
Let me know at the above email address or on twitter.