Aquatics Centre given the thumbs up by local youngsters

21 March 2012

Over 300 lucky youngsters from the Host Olympic Boroughs had the chance to test drive the 50m pool at the iconic London Aquatics Centre on Sunday 18th March.

Swimmers, mainly aged between 9 and 18 years old, competed in a number of able-bodied and disability races at the annual Six Host Borough Swimming Championship, which was organised by the Olympic Park Legacy Company and GLL.

Competitors represented 13 different clubs from Newham, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Barking and Dagenham. The Speedo 6 Host Borough Trophy was won by Waltham Forest, whilst Greenwich came in second and Barking and Dagenham third.

Liam Tancock opened the Championship, which gave local people a taste of what is to come in the Aquatics Centre after the Games, when the Legacy Company and GLL will run the venue as a community facility.

Around 90% of the pool's use will be for local communities and it will cost the same price to swim at the Aquatics Centre as the average price to swim in a pool in the surrounding area.

David Sparkes, Chief Executive of British Swimming, said: “This event gave the local community their first taste of their new swimming facility and we are certain that this pool will stimulate more people to swim more often and inspire a young person to aspire to become an Olympic Champion in the future.”

The Championship also showcased some of the other aquatic disciplines that local people could get involved in, with a performance by the Great Britain Junior Synchronised Swimming Team and a closing routine by the Senior Team.

Last week, it was unveiled that London has bid to host the 2016 LEN European Swimming Championships at the Aquatics Centre.

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