Dayna to try and raise $10k for sick children by swimming 32 kilometres in 30 days

BIG CHALLENGE: Keith Area School student Dayna Richman is aiming to swim 32 kilometres in 30 days, as she aims to raise $10,000 during the Starlight Super Swim Challenge.
BIG CHALLENGE: Keith Area School student Dayna Richman is aiming to swim 32 kilometres in 30 days, as she aims to raise $10,000 during the Starlight Super Swim Challenge.

Keith Area School student Dayna Richman is reaching for the stars and the swimming cap, as she aims to raise $10,000 during the Starlight Super Swim Challenge.

The challenge requires participants to set a specific distance to complete over a 30-day period, with all funds raised going to sick children to bring a splash of happiness to their lives.

Swimmers will start the challenge on January 26, and will need to reach their goal by February 24.

While the average person would be happy to leisurely swim a handful of laps per day, Dayna has decided that she will try and swim 32 kilometres in 30 days.

Roughly, that means that she would need to swim around 40 lengths of the Keith Swimming Pool per day to reach her massive total.

Dayna said she became motivated to undertake the challenge after watching some of her swimming friends participate in previous years.

"I wanted to give it a go whilst doing something good, particularly in my last year of school," she said.

No stranger to the pool, Dayna spent eight years with the Keith Swimming Club, but living with Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis forced her to take a break from the club.

Despite a number of obstacles in her way, she is confident her body will hold up over the 30-day period, but does admit soreness will be inevitable.

"I will definitely be sore during the 30 days but I reckon I will go well getting the distance completed as I used to compete in long-distance freestyle races around SA, with my longest being the 800m," she said.

"I feel confident about the set distance of 32kms all by myself.

"It will be slightly difficult once school comes back, but I will use the challenge as my fitness between work and school."

While she will be focused on completing one lap at a time, the support she will receive outside of the pool is set to provide her with the motivation she needs to push on during the tough moments.

"It will be very important getting support from family and friends, as it is a personally big challenge for me," Dayna said.

"I always have to have someone at the end of the pool counting my laps as I concentrate on positive head-talking to myself.

"Sometimes I sing in my head when I become anxious but I always have someone there supporting me by the pool."

With it not long before the challenge begins, she has called on the Keith community to give generously to help reach her financial goal.

"There are three Speedo vouchers to be won for the people who donate the most amount of money under my name too," Dayna said.

People can donate by visiting: https://superswim.org.au/dayna-richman or by making a cash donation at the Keith Swimming Pool canteen.