Burntwood swim teacher to swim English Channel

March 22 2022

Stefan McWee, a Duty Manager and Swim Teacher at Burntwood Leisure Centre, is preparing to swim the length of the English Channel to raise money for mental health charity - Mind. McWee will take on the mammoth swim in May as part of the Swimathon challenge.

After originally signing up to complete the 30.9km swim, dubbed the biggest challenge in Swimming in its own right, Stefan has decided to go one step further and swim 33km – the length of the English Channel!

The challenge will see McWee swimming a staggering 1,320 lengths of the 25m pool at Burntwood Leisure Centre, and despite the rigorous training – the Burntwood Swimming Club member is looking forward to the swim:

“I am hoping to help those that struggle on a day to day basis with mental health. There’s a large area which mental health can develop from - friends, family, career, expectations, social media. The effects can lead to a variety of different outcomes, which I would like to play a part in preventing.”

Stefan has been praised for his efforts by Freedom Leisure CEO, Ivan Horsfall-Turner:

“We are really proud of Stefan - it’s great to see a colleague making a difference and supporting a such a great cause. Swimming this distance is no mean feat and I’ll certainly be there to support Stefan (and swim a few lengths alongside him!) on the day”

You can support Stefan and learn more about the challenge by visiting his fundraising page.