Hero Jack to open YMCA swimathon

FIVE-year-old Jack Simpson, who saved his younger brother Darcy from drowning in December, will open the YMCA Swimathon at the Ballarat Aquatic Centre on Sunday.

Jack began swimming when he was only six months old and said he loves swimming.

He said he knew to save his brother when he saw him under the water in the deep end of their backyard pool.

Jack’s mother said he knew what to do because he started swimming lessons at such a young age.

“Jack loves swimming. He loves everything about it,” Ms Simpson said. 

The swimathon is a fundraiser so the YMCA can teach disadvantaged children and adults how to swim. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to swim a few laps.

Jack said he thinks he might do three laps in the deep pool.

“When I’m tired I’ll keep swimming,” he said. 

Registrations can be made for the YMCA swimathon at ymcaswimathon.org.au or donations can be made at everydayhero.com.au/ballarat_and_aquatic_lifestyle_centre