Skipton Swimarathon appoints new chairman

December 25th, 2012 by Skipton International Ltd

Steve Hogg replaces Jeff Kitts as Chairman of the Skipton Swimarathon from January 2013.

Jeff Kitts is retiring after 5 years, having enjoyed over 36 years involvement in the event.

Steve Hogg is a retired HSBC area manager and is actively involved in a number of local charities.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Guernsey and was the Club’s President in 2010.

Unusually, he is a non-swimmer even though his wife is an accomplished swimmer and swimming referee, but has accepted the challenge of learning to swim in time for the Skipton Swimarathon in October 2013.

Steve Hogg said “I want to build on the success of the Skipton Swimarathon as an integral part of Guernsey’s Community calendar and in particular am keen to increase the involvement of primary and secondary schools.”

Retiring Chairman Jeff Kitts has been a high profile supporter of the event, overseeing the appointment of the current prime sponsors Skipton International three years ago which has coincided with a turnaround in participant numbers and a new, more family and fun oriented approach to the planning of the event.

Jeff Kitts said “from the very start we soon realised that we had an event that was going to be successful as it was being enjoyed by the young and the old, those with special needs and those that were champions of the sport.”

“There was a sense of achievement by them all and at the same time doing their bit raising money in substantial amounts, for those in need throughout the Island,” he said.

“I am proud to of have done my part but I am immensely proud of the all those that have taken part of the years. I would also like to thank the members of the Lions Club of Guernsey and the Guernsey Round Table who, over the past 36 Years, have worked tirelessly to ensure every year those in real need have been supported in one way and another by the Swimarathon.”

In January, the Skipton Swimarathon will be inviting local charities to submit their proposals to become the 2013 lead beneficiary of the funds raised.

The Skipton Swimarathon is held annually at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre in October. The event is now in its 37th year.

For 2012, the main beneficiary was Guernsey’s Cardiac Action Group, who are pioneering a life saving initiative by purchasing and installing a number of public access defibrillators around Guernsey.

 

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