by STACEY HEANEY
LOCAL swimming instructor has taken the plunge in the inaugural
Swim for Life, swimming from Rathlin Sound to Ballycastle to
raise awareness of Climate Change.
Maureen McCoy from Hillsborough, who is a
coach for Lisburn Swimming Club, swam the seven mile freezing
waters for the cause and was just one of four women out of 19
swimmers to take on the treacherous route. Maureen commented:
They used to run this event about 50 years ago and last year
Kenny Boyd did it, so now hopefully it can be resurrected as an
"The swimmers who take it on face a very
tough swim. There are seven different tides that move in
different directions so it can be
"I found out about the swim by looking at the
calendar of events and thought 'I fancy that one', it looked
like quite a challenge."
Describing how she felt before the swim
Maureen said she was "very nervous". She continued, "It's the
open sea and anything can happen. During the swim I was the
coldest I have ever been, but it makes you feel alive. I would
definitely do it again."
The event was the brain child of local
environmental consultant and swimming enthusiast Kenny Boyd.
Kenny commented: "I am delighted that the
Swim for Life 08 delivered not only a unique sporting spectacle
but it also helped to raise awareness on the urgent threat to
tackle climate change.
"This is a tough event and each and every
swimmer can be proud of their participation, to swim seven miles
in the most
From left to right, local swimming teacher Maureen McCoy from
Hillsborough, Patrick McCay