Kids are totally thrilled by Olympic swimming events

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PAVILIONS in the Park has teamed up with Total Swimming and leading Australian swimwear brand Zoggs to host one of a series of free events across the country to inspire children in Olympic aquatic sports.

Total Swimming, set up by Olympian Steve Parry, will run the event on Sunday December 11 at the Horsham pool, featuring aquatic disciplines including fast swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo and more.

Attending the event will be former Commonwealth champion Adam Whitehead and GB’s women’s water polo captain Fran Leighton.

Adam competed for Great Britain in Olympic, World and Commonwealth championships, winning European Gold in the 200 metre breaststroke and Commonwealth Gold in the 100 metre breaststroke.

Fran is Great Britain’s women’s water polo captain, achieving Commonwealth bronze and is currently in training for the 2012 games.

The event will feature a morning or afternoon of skills and games across the different aquatic disciplines – fast swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming and rookie lifeguarding - with every participant getting the chance to try each of the sports by rotating through the stations.

The athletes will be introduced at the beginning of the event and the children (and their families) will have the opportunity to meet the Olympians outside of the pool for autographs, photos and the showing of Olympic and Commonwealth medals.

Each child will receive a Zoggs Oceans of Fun swimming hat and be presented with a medal at the end of the event – after having the chance to compete in a mini water polo tournament and, finally, a race against an Olympian.

Steve Parry said: “We are really excited to have teamed up with Zoggs to run this series of Zoggs Oceans of Fun Days.

“Zoggs is a swim brand with a real passion for swimming and, 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. “

Zoggs’ marketing manager David Annand said: “For us, this is about introducing aquatic sports that many children will not have had the chance to experience.

“Success for us will be seeing the children who take part continue enjoying the freedom, fun and skills regular swimming and aquatic sports can bring.

“And what better time to do this then when the whole country is counting down to what is likely to be the biggest home sporting event in many of our lifetimes?”

Spaces are limited and booking up fast so children should contact Pavilions in the Park directly on 01403 219200.

They must be aged between seven and 14 years old and able to swim 25 metres unaided in deep water.

Everyone taking part must have registered and completed a consent form.