Celebrities give their support to swimming in the Capital
London 4 August, 2010: The ASA is delighted to announce that Olympic athletes and celebrities are showing their support to the sport of swimming across the capital on Wednesday.
Sports personality and Olympic medallist Sharron Davies MBE and BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans will be taking part in a swimming ‘sporting challenge’ as part of his popular breakfast show at Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex in Uxbridge.
Hillingdon also plays host to Olympic swimmers Mark Foster and Sarah Price who will be launching the latest British Gas Swimfit gym-style training programme for swimmers. The leisure centre is inviting visitors to join in the Swimfit session run by Mark and Sarah, or just come down to watch the 4pm event.
Fellow Olympian Keri-Anne Payne and TV presenter Gail Porter are also touring pools in the area to support getting more people into the water. Catch up with them at the following locations:
9.25am-10.50am – Clissold Leisure Centre, Hackney
11.40am-12.40pm – Oasis Sports Centre, Camden
1.20pm-2.20pm – Mile End Park Leisure Centre, Tower Hamlets
3.20pm-4.20pm – Waterfront Leisure Centre, Greenwich
5.20pm-6.20pm – Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, SE19
London Swimming’s Colin Brown is delighted: “Swimming, the country’s most popular participation sport, really is in the limelight at the moment, and it’s great that these household names are encouraging more people to swim regularly and not only see the health benefits but have fun at the same time.
“Swimming is offered in almost every area and every community – not just London – with over 5,000 pools throughout England alone. Every week at these locations a pool brings together millions of people from every kind of background, not only to take part in one of the most accessible forms of exercise in terms of age, weight and physical ability, but also to unwind, relax and socialise.”
About British Gas Swimfit
Completely free to use, British Gas Swimfit provides gym-style training programmes for your pool time at www.swimfit.com. British Gas Swimfit is suitable for all ages and abilities - whether you're looking to keep healthy, shape and tone up, improve your fitness or hone your competitive edge.
The website, www.swimfit.com, brings the "swim gym" idea right to the poolside with information displays, and cards with suggested programmes to lead you through a progressive fitness plan that you can dip in and out of. They range from simple advice on strengthening exercises and tips on making your time in the pool more interesting through to stroke improvement tips.
More information regarding the event with Mark Foster and Sarah Price from Anne Layton 07831 572670 or firstname.lastname@example.org