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Sue celebrates 100th birthday with a big splash!

05 April 2012

Sue Dixon has been swimming every week at Gayton Pool in Littleover for decades, so it was only fitting that she made a big splash to celebrate her 100th birthday!

Sue, who turned one hundred on 19 March, marked the occasion on 28 March by taking her weekly swim. She then slipped into something a little fancier to celebrate the milestone with fellow swimmers at the community club next door.

Long-term friend and Pool Manager, Lynda Mangnall, who was celebrating her half century too, said: “I remember Sue swimming at Gayton 18 years ago when I ran the old pool and it’s a funny coincidence that I am 50 this week, half of Sue’s age!”

Sue attends the Senior Citizens session on a Wednesday morning with 14 other regular swimmers, and believes that swimming has kept her fit and healthy.

Ian Cotter, Chairman of the Lonsdale Swimming & Sport Trust which operates the pool on behalf of Derby City Council said: “Sue shows that you are never too old to take up swimming! It is an ideal exercise medium without the impact of jogging that can cause problems with the joints.”

Swimming for just 30 minutes each week can provide a range of benefits. It plays an integral part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and half an hour can burn up to 350 calories, help to control cholesterol and blood pressure, strengthen the immune system and maintain mental well-being.

Throughout 2012 British Swimming and the BBC are working together to get the UK into the pool through a celebration of swimming called the Big Splash.

British Swimming’s Big Splash provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities from across the country to join the 13 million people in the UK who are already making a splash, by taking part in swimming events, finding out what local pools have to offer and winning some great prizes. For more information about the Big Splash click here.


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