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Duncan Goodhew and Siobhan-Marie O’connor host masterclass

02 April 2013

Year 5 pupils from Holmleigh Primary School were joined in the pool by Duncan Goodhew and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor as part of their School Swimathon challenge.

School Swimathon is a swimming programme to encourage children to improve technique and water confidence culminating in a challenge to swim further than ever before.  Holmleigh Primary School is one of 115 schools across England using national curriculum school swimming sessions to ‘Swim their Best.’ Back in January, pupils swam as far as they could and recorded their results, since then they’ve been focusing on specific swimming skills working towards their final task of swimming further than ever before.

The class enjoyed a technique masterclass with Duncan and Siobhan-Marie at Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington to help the children improve their swimming skills and water confidence. Duncan Goodhew commented, “It’s been fantastic to help the children at Holmleigh Primary School gain water confidence and improve their water skills today. The children have come on leaps and bounds since the start of the project in January, which highlights the importance of regular lessons through school to ensure strong swimmers for the future.

“With 39% of primary school children not receiving swimming lessons in or out of school in 2012, the School Swimathon programme provides an invaluable resource for teachers everywhere to ensure this essential life skill is part of the educational agenda.”

Brenda Humphreys, teacher at Holmleigh Primary School commented, “The children have thoroughly enjoyed their time with Duncan and Siobhan-Marie and I am sure their newly learned skills will be indispensable for the final challenge. Being involved with School Swimathon is a great way to motivate our pupils to become stronger swimmers and encourage a healthy attitude to exercise from an early age. We are very excited to see how far each of our pupils has come since starting the challenge in January. ”

In total four and a half thousand school children across England have stepped up to the challenge, set by the ASA and the Swimathon Foundation, the charity behind the world’s biggest swim.  Every child that participates in School Swimathon will receive a certificate to celebrate their achievement and a free team entry for themselves and their family into Swimathon 2013 on 26 – 28 April. Swimathon is the world’s biggest fundraising swim, taking place in over 600 pools nationwide to encourage members of the public, whatever their age or ability, to realise the benefits of regular swimming. Entrants can participate as a team or compete individually, whilst raising vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

For further information about School Swimathon, please visit: www.schoolswimathon.org

To register for Swimathon and to find a participating pool near you visit www.swimathon.org

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