Posted on Wednesday 15th September, 2021

Sinkers MS Swimathon 2021

The North Mackay Sinkers have just completed the annual Multiple Sclerosis Swimathon, one of eight such events in Queensland during 2021.

This year’s event was the 6th we have participated in with some 20 members registering for the 12 hour event held on Sunday 12th September. An early start at 6am didn’t deter the first swimmers including Nigel Dalton and Steve Burchill, but Club President Dan Stampa made the start with some five minutes to spare. In all the Sinkers swam 726 laps (36.3km) including 164 in the two hour of powers that feature in the day as well as some other novelty events.

Six Sinkers were recognised in the Multiple Sclerosis Qld “Hall of Fame” for continued support over the years. While we didn’t match it with the younger teams for the hour of power event or most laps swum, we did excel in fundraising with the highest team total which was also a PB for the club with a grand total of $9,631 for the MS cause (all teams total $16,047). Our very own Steve Burchill was awarded the highest fundraising by an individual ($2,648) for another year, and Sinkers filled four of the top five fundraising positions. To date the Sinkers have raised almost $30,000 across the six events giving extra purpose to the laps.

All in all a long but fun-filled day enjoyed by the club with all teams enjoying a great day at the pool.

The next event sees the Gladstone Gropers schooling up for this event on Sunday October 31st and you can support their efforts with a donation at Gladstone Gropers.

I would encourage any masters club to consider participating in what is an opportunity to be community minded in our chosen sport. Interested clubs can contact the author for more details, register their interest or approach Multiple Sclerosis Qld direct at 07 3840 0812 or email

You can always follow the link for details at MS Swimathon Info


Hour of Power Take 2 – Half the relay team but alas not enough power to take on the young guns. L-R Dan Stampa, Paul Arvidson, Geoff Hamilton, Jim Ford.


More talk than swimming but it’s all about fun!