Ellie Simmonds jumps in for British Gas SwimBritain Coventry!

Tuesday 9th September 2014
Four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist Ellie Simmonds joined swimmers from across the West Midlands as they took part in British Gas SwimBritain at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday 6th September.
Now in its second year, British Gas SwimBritain encourages more people to swim regularly and sees the decorated stars of British Swimming plus celebrities including David Walliams joining the public in the water at 11 locations nationwide between 30th August and 4th October.
Participants compete as teams of four to complete relay challenges of 500m and 1,000m before receiving their hard-earned medals, with some swimmers using the event to raise funds for charity.
Ellie, who was born in Walsall and has collected an MBE and an OBE for services to Paralympic sport, said: “British Gas SwimBritain is a great event as it encourages more people into the pool. Swimming is a huge part of my life and I hope SwimBritain will inspire some future champions.
“It was great to see a lot of young people in the water in Coventry. I got involved in swimming at an early age and it is such a fun, healthy and rewarding hobby that it makes me happy to see the next generation diving in!
“You can register online for more SwimBritain events across the next month – and I’m delighted to be involved.”
British Gas SwimBritain ambassador, Duncan Goodhew said, “It’s great to be a part of SwimBritain for a second year. The fantastic achievements of British swimmers have seen the popularity of swimming rise and I’m excited to be a part of this.
“British Gas SwimBritain is designed to inspire everyone to take the plunge and become more involved in swimming.  Swimmers have the chance to swim with the stars and it’s great that SwimBritain is proving extremely popular, whether it’s people taking their first strokes or World Champions in the making.”
SwimBritain is open to swimmers of all abilities.

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