National Paralympic Day at the London Aquatics Centre

1 September 2014

The local disabled community was given a chance to make the most of the top class facilities by the England Talent and Participation teams at the London Aquatics Centre on the 30 August 2014.

For more information on disability swimming, click here The day provided a selection of events including ‘Time to Shine’ swim sessions, ASA Disability talent Training session and a Talent ID session.

‘Time to Shine’ is part of the East London Paralympic legacy which invited 100 11-18-year olds from the local community to take part in activities and socialise with other disabled young people.

The group spent the entire day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, trying out a number of different sports, including a swimming session at the Aquatics Centre.

The ASA Disability Swimming Talent programme also welcomed 57 swimmers and 33 coaches at their training session which was led by a coach from the British Para-Swimming development team.

This gave aspiring young swimmers who could potentially be Para-Swimming stars of the future a chance to train in the same prestigious venue where they watched their aquatic heroes compete in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Sports Fest Talent ID event was also very successful, with 20 disabled youngsters who took part in a fun filled session. They received advice and guidance on how to become more involved in swimming in the future from some of the England Talent coaches too.

One parent of a Time to Shine participant commented: “Harry loves swimming and is his favourite sport, he goes with his friend and likes to have fun in the water. The session today was good fun he liked playing games with the other kids”

Olivia-Mae Cameron, England talent participant, added: “It was a great experience to come and swim in such a big venue and be part of the National Paralympic Day. I normally train with able bodied swimmers so to be able to train with such a large group of disabled swimmers was fantastic”

Ten ParalympicGB medallists returned to the London Aquatics Centre for the first time since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, to take part in two exciting sessions of racing

If you are interested in finding out how to get more involved, or would like more information on Disability swimming, please click here.

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