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Walliams and Olympians launch SwimBritain

30th May 2013

Channel-conqueror David Walliams is joining a host of swimming stars including London 2012 medallists Rebecca Adlington, Michael Jamieson and Ellie Simmonds to take on the SwimBritain challenge this summer.

British Swimming and ASA partners British Gas are launching SwimBritain with the aim of encouraging 500,000 more people to swim regularly by 2015.

With 11 SwimBritain events taking place around the country in August and September and three different ways to get involved, there are plenty of options to choose from.

This is not about being the best swimmer in the country. It’s about getting involved, getting out there, having some fun and getting fit.

Also inspiring the country to team up and take on SwimBritain – and appearing at one of the 11 events taking place in September – are Olympians Keri-anne Payne, Hannah Miley, Steve Parry, Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster.

There is a SwimBritain challenge for both adults and children, both designed for teams of four, or a solo option:

  • SwimBritain: A relay in 250m legs. Each team member swims four legs, 1000m in total, to reach the team goal of 4000m. There are 10 SwimBritain events are taking place in 50m pools around the country and there is an open water event taking place at Blenheim Palace.
  • Little SwimBritain: A relay in 125m legs for families and children aged between eight and 16. Each team must include at least one adult. Each team member swims four legs, 500m total, to reach the team goal of 2000m.
  • SwimBritain DIY: Solo swimmers can also take on the challenge by signing up to SwimBritain DIY at your local pool. Visit www.swimbritain.co.uk/signup for more details.

With quality coaching sessions, motivation and encouragement from Britain’s swimming stars, and online training materials to support you along the way, SwimBritain provides everything you need to reach your goal.

"The SwimBritain challenge is an initiative to try and get more and more people swimming," said Walliams. "I’m really excited to be part of it because I’m not an elite athlete.

"This is not about being the best swimmer in the country. It’s about getting involved, getting out there, having some fun and getting fit.

"I wasn’t a sporty kid. People know me for swimming the Channel and the Thames but the only sport I was good at when I was a kid was swimming because I was quite overweight.

"Swimming is a really inclusive sport because everyone can take part and it's also a pretty safe sport. It’s hard to do yourself an injury because your body is so beautifully supported by the water."

British Gas SwimBritain sign-ups are open now, so get together with family and friends, form a team and go the distance.

Find out more by visiting the Official SwimBritain website.

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