Get in the swim with Olympians
12:02pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
BARRY leisure centre is set to inspire a generation when some top Olympians stop by for a swim on Sunday, October 6.
Swimmer Adam Whitehead, British synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, and Fran Leighton, British water polo player, will visit the town as part of a nationwide series of events.
The Oceans of Fun Day features an afternoon of skills and games across the different aquatic disciplines. The five activities at
Barry Leisure Centre will be fast swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo, Rookie Lifeguard and poolside CPR.
Every participant will get a chance to try the activities by rotating through each of the stations.
Leading Australian swimwear brand Zoggs is campaigning to encourage and inspire more children to actively get involved in aquatic sports and, in partnership with Parkwood Community Leisure, has teamed up with Total Swimming to run series of events across the country to provide up to 150 free spaces for children aged seven to 14 years old to experience different aquatic sports.
Each child attending will receive a Zoggs Oceans of Fun swimming hat and a medal at the end of the event – after having the chance to race against an Olympian.
Olympic swimmer, Steve Parry said: “By using role models in the form of Olympic and Commonwealth athletes, we hope to inspire, motivate and educate young people who will have the chance to come along and take part in these events for free. They will not only learn a huge amount at these events but get a once in a lifetime chance to swim against a top athlete and, we hope, begin to understand the benefits, and enjoyment, of adopting an active, healthy lifestyle.”
Joanne Martin, sales and marketing director for Parkwood Leisure, who operate Barry Leisure Centre on behalf of the Vale, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the community of Barry the opportunity to meet and hear from Olympic and Commonwealth athletes, through our partnership with Zoggs. By bringing this event to South Wales we hope to inspire and motivate young athletes to participate in aquatic sports and not only have fun but learn new skills.”
The event takes place at Barry Leisure Centre from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday, October 6.
Spaces are limited and booking fast.
To sign up contact the reception team at Barry leisure Centre directly on 01446 403000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must be aged between 7 and 14 years old and able to swim 25 metres unaided. Everyone taking part must have registered and completed a consent form.