THE family of a young athlete who died from a cycle crash earlier this year have launched a swimming challenge in a bid to keep her sporting legacy alive.
Rebecca Scott, known as Becky, of Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, was killed at the age of 24 in August when her bike hit the wall of a house in Branscombe.
It is understood she lost control of her bike while travelling down a hill and her father Alan arrived on the scene just seconds after.
Since Becky’s death, a team has completed the 100k cycle ride she had been training for in her memory, as well as taking part in Exeter’s Great West Run.
Becky was a keen member of Exeter Triathlon Club so to complete the set, Mr Scott has announced details of the swimming challenge that he wants the community to take part in.
He said: “Not everybody could cycle 100 miles and be in the cycle team or run 13.1 miles and be in the run team but Becky was very much about joining in and taking part and the Becky’s Buddies Swim Team challenge is just that.
“Her birthday was March 13 so the challenge is to swim the equivalent of the Channel between the New Year and her birthday.
“There are no rules on how often you swim, how far or how fast you swim each time, it is about committing to doing it and encouraging others to do it too.”
The Channel Swimming Association recognise the channel as being about 21 miles and the distance can be shared among a group.
Mr Scott added: “If seeing this inspires people to do something – then that is great.
“If they want to let me know they can do so via the donation site but the great thing is I don’t need to know about people doing this.
“Focusing on something like this certainly helps me cope. I am immensely proud of my daughter and so the legacy we want her to leave behind is very important to us. We don’t want her to be forgotten.
“She was a wonderful girl and a lot of people would have been proud to have someone like that as a daughter. So if we can encourage more people to be like her then so much the better.
“Swimming was definitely one of the favourites of all the sports she did. She was not the fastest but really enjoyed doing it.
“If people see this and think it is a good idea to take part and get more involved in sport – we have achieved our aim, which is to make the world a better place by encouraging people to be happy and healthy and enjoy what they do.
“It is the legacy we want Becky to have.”
Mr Scott said he has also been to Becky’s old school to talk about how they get the children more involved in sport.
But as the family still struggle to come to terms with the tragedy, Mr Scott said Christmas would be a difficult time.
“Becky was always the one who got excited about Christmas,” he said. “But her brother Matt has been digging around some old boxes and found some old things they made when they were younger to put on it.
“And I know her work colleagues at Friends Life have Becky’s Christmas tree up in the office and they have all taken a band or strip of paper to write a message on the tree.”
The two charities supported in memory of Becky are the neonatal unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital that cared for her as a baby and the Devon Air Ambulance that attended her crash and tried to save her life.
If you would like to support Becky’s charities visit uk.vir ginmoneygiving.com/Rebec caScott
Mr Scott will add your name to the team members section if you let him know at Alan.D.Scott@Talk21.com with Swim Team in the subject.