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London 2012 mascot goes swimming!

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London 2012 mascot Wenlock has been trying his hand at swimming after you decide it was the first sport he should try.

The Great British public were asked to vote for Javelin or Swimming and it was the aquatic sport that won.

Wenlock said: “You chose Olympic Swimming for me to try first, and I loved it! It was great, I got to wear a swimming cap!”

You can even see a picture of him doing it.

Wenlock –  and Paralympic mascot Mandeville – were created from the last two drops of steel used to build the Olympic Stadium and they will be travelling around the UK, meeting people and learning about all the Olympic and Paralympic sports – always striving to push beyond their personal best.

The names Wenlock and Mandeville are inspired by places at the heart of the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic heritage, Much Wenlock and Stoke Mandeville.

The story of the mascots has been made into an animated film, based on an original story written by Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Watch the mascots' film. You can also read about the background to the making of the mascots, including how the names were chosen and their design features, on the London 2012 website. 

On the mascots' own website you can log in to become a friend, hear their latest news, talk to them and share photos and videos.


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Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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