One of Australia’s best swimmers is making a splash for a good cause.

Madison Wilson launched the fifth Multiple Sclerosis Swimathon today.

She’s want us to jump into the pool, and raise funds for those living with the debilitating condition.

Sarah Bell reports.

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One of the world’s best backstrokers. Madison Wilson is stepping up to the block at her local pool in Brisbane’s west.

Madison Wilson, MS Ambassador and Australian Swim Team: “It’s really important that I have my country behind me and people supporting me, and when I come home I want to give that support back to the community that’s supported me.”

Multiple Sclerosis Queensland is hoping the swimathon raises community awareness of a condition with no known cause or cure.

It’s also hoping to raise funds at the nine events across the state.

Teams will be swimming a 12 hour relay at Jindalee in November, aiming for 250 thousand dollars.

Simon Gregory, MS Queensland Event Manager: “It’s a chance for people to come down and have a swim and support people living in their local area with MS.”

MS is a disease of the central nervous system with the most common age of diagnosis between twenty and forty years.

Natalie Walsh who’s affected by MS wants people to know it’s a young person’s condition.

Natalie Walsh, MS QLD Advocacy Manager: “I’ve met so many people in that age group that have MS and I think there’s so much information you can learn of any disease, and the more you know the better we can all live with any condition.”

With one in every 1000 Australians affected with this chronic neurological condition, diving into the pool will help with the care and funding of 3700 local Queenslanders.

Sarah Bell, QUT News.