Valerie Agapides

Mana Fiji 10km Marathon Swim 2019

I'm supporting cancer research and prevention with Can Too Foundation.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that potentially someone we love may have to battle cancer, and that’s a statistic that needs to change.

So I asked myself, “what can I do to help?” That’s where the Can Too Foundation came in! Can Too provide professionally coached training programs for participants – of any fitness level – to run, swim and cycle their way to a healthier lifestyle and a cancer-free world.

In return, I am raising valuable funds that go towards innovation in the prevention, care, and control of cancer. Since 2005, Can Too Foundation have trained over 15,000 participants, raised over $21,000,000 to invest in 168 one-year cancer research grants.

It would be fantastic if you could sponsor me, or even better join me in a program!

Thank you for your support!

My Updates

6 km Swim accomplished!! and money raised for Melanoma Institute.

Thursday 28th Nov

A huge thanks to the organisers of this swim! Such a caring bunch of swimmers (that all swim 6 km faster than me), was a pleasure to be part of this event. Grabbed a picture with these wonderful ladies that helpd to make this a great morning. Thanks to everyone on water safety who patiently waited for me to finish.

I'm feeling good about swimming that 10 km now!

Thank you Dr Vivian Kahl!

Thursday 21st Nov

Thank you Vivian for explaining your research on telomeres and its connection with cancer. We enjoyed being with you and thank you for the hope you bring. 

Inspiration to raise more money for research! Visit to CMRI with 2 of my lovely girls!

Thursday 21st Nov

This afternoon gave our family inspiration to raise some more money to help early career researchers get their project up and running. We enjoyed spending time with people who are workking so hard to find a cure.  

Inspiring crowd!

Friday 25th Oct

These awesome swimmers that I have laughed with and got up to allsorts of antics in the water for 14 weeks have TRIUMPHED! 

Congratulations! You inspire me to keep training, keep fundraising and make my goal swim on December 14th at Balmoral and get that 10 km done!!


My swim buddies head for Fiji

Monday 21st Oct

Last week my swim buddies headed off to meet their goal! I am so proud of them. I am stuck at work but my students need me (I hope!). I need to dig deep now and be inspired that their goal swim is done!  

Podless, I search out a swim and head down to Coogee, made it out and back twice to Wedding Cake Island. 

I need to keep up the training to make that 10 km swim in Balmoral in December!!!

Saturdays just got better.......

Monday 21st Oct

The Sunday arvo sessions at Victoria Park Pool all done, time to smash out the distance swims at Balmoral! The buoys come out and its time for 'Balmoral Laps'. Then for the next few weeks we increase our distance. I'm beginning to think yep..... I can do this 

Thursday nights at Cook Phillip Park Pool

Thursday 3rd Oct

After a long day at work it's a bit of a challenge to head down to the city for a swim - but you know it's worth it when you see the orange and black crowd gathered around the pool. 

Wondering whether I can do this - but always end up getting the laps done and feel so much better afterwards! 

Us ladies are up to a good 3.1 km workout in the pool, or as Ros puts it 'ah that's 4 km' and we have a laugh. 


Thank you to my Sponsors


Valerie Agapides

A huge thank you to all the wonderful supporters at Gooden Reserve netball who purchased from our cake and beaded jewelry stall. Thank you for supporting Can Too!


Valerie Agapides

Thank you to all the wonderful people that made a donation to CAN TOO at Mary's engagement.


Valerie Agapides


Alexandra Ioakim

We’re cheering for you Aunty Val! Lots of love from Berlin xx


Patsy Agapides

Amazing work Val! ?‍♀️ ?


Adele Gonsalvez


Kris Durran


Charlyn Agius


Barbara Pickover

If I thought I could swim 10km. I'd join you. Thanks for your wonderful fundraising .


Athena Agapides

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ! ?‍♀️ ??


Mary Tarfon

You're amazing Val and an inspiration


Jennifer Crethar

So proud of you Valerie ?


Jess & Ben Speechly


Annette Smith

Amazing enduranceVal! Well done...


Joanne Lee


Melanie Junghans


Julia Macdonald

Thanks for the hot Orange Beanie. Looking forward to Mana!


Sam Hircock


Sherryn Macleod

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