24hr Swim Challenge to Swim the Length of The Thames

Everyone Active opened a new 50m pool today and to launch the grand opening the public were invited to go along throughout the weekend to take part in free activities which included group exercise classes, family swim sessions and fitness challenges.

The Leisure Centre has worked in partnership with Total Swimming to expand the swimming provision to local residents. The new 50m pool is a first for our area as it designed as modular format. The only other Olympic length pool is London Aquatics Centre in east London.

Along with many sport activities that were all free to local residents and members was swimming sessions in the new pool. We booked onto a couple of sessions, including the swim challenge and life saving course.

The boys were very excited to be amongst the many people to jump into the pool. I had signed them up to help contribute into the challenge which was to swim the length of The Thames from Source to the Thames Barrier which os 288.2km.

The youngest managed to swim 550 mtrs and the eldest swam 2600 mtrs. They were lucky enough to swim alongside Olympic swimmers James Goddard and Joanne Jackson, who we found to be very friendly and were very interested in making conversation about how well the boys were swimming.

Both boys were rewarded with a medal once they finished and a signed card from the British Olympian James Goddard.

Olympic swimmer Grant Turner gave the eldest some top tips on how to perfect his swimming stride.

With the pool so close to where we live we are looking forward to spending more sessions in there in the future.

 

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