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Fundraiser to be held in memory of swimmer Christopher Rogers

By Cate McCurry

Friends and family of a Co Armagh student who died after becoming unwell while in a swimming pool will mark the first anniversary of his death by hosting a fundraising cycle in his memory.

Christopher Rogers (20) passed away following a training session at Orchard Leisure Centre in April 2017.

He became unwell in the pool and was rushed to the intensive care unit at Craigavon Area Hospital, but passed away the following morning.

The cause of Christopher's death has not been conclusively established.

He was a popular member of the Armagh Swimming Club and had been training at the centre on Friday, April 7 after returning from Belfast where he was a student.

Staff treated him at the pool until ambulance staff arrived.

A year after the Queen's University student's death, friends and peers from Armagh City Cyclists, where he was also a member, will mark the anniversary with his family by holding a sporting celebration of his life.

In a Facebook post, the cycling group said: "The friendships Christopher forged within the club were very important to him - he loved meeting people and making friends. Many of his cohorts in the club recall his kind and generous spirit while out on cycling events.

"Chris was always mindful of 'the tired cyclist left behind the pack' and would have stayed purposely alongside giving encouragement to the finish. The Armagh City Cyclists have organised a special Cycling Sportive in Christopher's memory."

The event will take place on Sunday, April 8. All proceeds raised will go to the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team after the young man had planned to climb Slieve Donard on the weekend after his death.

His parents Malachy and Teresa, and brothers Oisin and Michael, said: "We want to thank the Armagh City Cyclists for their efforts.

"We are truly touched that Christopher's friends and even those who didn't know him personally have reached out to remember him in this way.

"It will be a fitting tribute to Chris. We urge everyone interested to come along to the Christopher Rogers Memorial Sportive and celebrate his life on the way."

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