London residents to celebrate adult swimming success at European Aquatics Championships
|What:||Swim London 2016 special swimming relay event|
|When:||22 May 2016|
|Where:||London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ZQ|
Interview opportunities will be available with the following people from 12noon – 2pm:
· Harley Hicks, Project Lead, GLL Swimming Teacher and creator of the project's social model of teaching swimming
Please indicate the time you would like to attend.
Interviews are available on request with LadyXsize.
“When I heard that 1 in 5 adults in England can't swim1, I was shocked. I was determined to learn how to swim properly. Previously I could only do around five or six strokes then I was done. Now, thanks to Swim London 2016, my confidence and ability in the water has grown immensely. I can honestly say that I now love swimming.
“I hope that my journey and those of my fellow Swim London 2016 participants, will inspire others to get involved and start swimming.” said LadyXsize.
During the first stage of the project, 12-week swimming courses were held at participating pools in Waltham Forest, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, with Greenwich set to join the programme for the second and third block of classes.
Tom Chambers, London 2016 European Championships CEO said: “The London Aquatics Centre is at the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we wanted this historic event to touch the lives of as many people local to the venue as possible.
“Swim London 2016 is a fantastic project which offers a unique opportunity for people to learn to swim, whilst also making friends that we hope will last a lifetime. Grass roots participation and providing a wider social experience is key to Swim London 2016 and we are looking forward to seeing the project continue grow.”
Nick Caplin, Director of Participation at the ASA, said: “The London 2016 European Aquatics Championships is a fantastic opportunity to inspire many local people to have a go at swimming and prove that it is never too late to learn to swim and have fun in the pool.
The courses are being held at GLL pools and Andrew Clark, GLL National Sport and Aquatics Manager, commented: “The key message is that you are not alone and it is never too late to learn. As a social enterprise and the largest operator of swimming pools in the UK, we are committed to giving everyone the opportunity to learn to swim and we are delighted to help more adults access this programme and to leave a legacy of London 2016.”
To get involved with the next block of Swim London 2016 – London Learns to Swim courses follow @SwimLondon2016 on Twitter.
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