Aurora club contributes to charity through swim for fourth consecutive year


Photo courtesy of Wil Wegman

Canada's Aurora Bassmasters supported fellow member Wil Wegman, middle row, on his swim for charity.

ORILLIA, Ontario — Aurora Bassmasters Club member Wil Wegman competed in the 25th Anniversary Orillia Sun City Swim and finished as the top fundraiser for the charity event Aug. 6 on Lake Couchiching.

Calling his fundraising efforts Wil’s Swim with The Fishes, Wegman targeted the angling community for donations and raised $1,300 for the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka. He has participated in the 4K swim the last four years and raised $6,230 for the charity.

“My Aurora Bassmasters Club has been an outstanding supporter for all four years now,” said Wegman. “They provide our max $250 contribution directly to the Child Advocacy Centre. They help share posts on social media and some members support on their own as well.”

Forty-one swimmers ranging in age from 9 to 66 competed in the 1K or 4K swims. Wegman swam the 4K course in 1 hour, 35.13 minutes and finished in 12th place on the lake he has fished regularly since the mid-1980s.

Swimming laps in a local pool four or five days a week for most of the year helps Wegman stay in shape for the race.

“After four cross-lake swims in the last four years, you would think it would be tougher for someone my age — 56 — but so far the swimming itself really hasn’t,” he said. “Up until this year, I was beating my personal best each year, but the wind and waves put the kibosh on that.” His 2015 time was 1 hour, 28.3 minutes.

Wegman plans to participate in the swim next year to make it five years in a row and has set a goal of trying to get closer to completing the race in about 1 hour, 30 minutes.