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Shark swimming

Swimming with sharks was the first of ten challenges for Matt

Shark swimming

Swimming with sharks was the first of ten challenges for Matt Smith of Weldmar Hospicecare. The shark swim took place on Saturday 18th February at Weymouth SEALIFE Adventure Park.

Matt is completing a series of ten challenges throughout 2017, as he celebrates 10 years of working for Weldmar. The shark swim was his first, and will be closely followed by abseiling 100 metres down the Spinnaker Tower in just six weeks’ time.

Matt said “I arrived at Weymouth SEALIFE Adventure Park full of nerves, as this didn’t only mark the start of my year of challenges, but was also a pretty daunting one too. After my safety briefing I changed into my wetsuit and headed to the top of the tank. As I went underwater, I realised just how many sharks, stingrays and turtles there were and how close they came towards you.”

Spectators watched Matt’s swim from the viewing tunnel. Matt joked that he still has all his fingers and toes. However, he did stress that there was a serious side to what he did.

“It was a great experience and I am so pleased that I launched my ten challenges with this one. I am taking on these challenges to try and make a difference here in Dorset. It is so important that people continue to support Weldmar, and I hope people will be inspired by my challenges this year and make a donation, or join me on one of them. I am putting myself through pain, fear and high adrenaline fuelled challenges, not just for the fun of it, but to make a difference to patients and their families and I want people to be part of that.”

You can donate to Matt’s Colossal 10 at www.justgiving.com/colossal10

You can join Matt with some of his other challenges, which include skydiving, wingwalking, the Three Peaks Challenge and cycling 175 miles across Dorset (see the full list of challenges now on the Colossal 10 web page)

Matt and Weldmar Hospicecare would like to thank the team at Weymouth SEALIFE Adventure Park generously supporting the shark challenge.


The photo shows Matt Smith of Weldmar Hospicecare on the left, and John Elliott of Weymouth SEALIFE Adventure Park on the right.

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