residents to Dive In!
OLYMPIC Silver medallist Siobhan-marie
O'Connor and 100m Freestyle champion Grant Turner are encouraging Liverpool
residents to take the plunge and be part of a special swimming event, on Saturday, 24 September
Siobhan-marie, the 200m Individual Medley star, and Grant who is a Commonwealth
Silver Medalist and was part of Team GB in 2012, are heading to Wavertree Sports
Park this weekend as part of the Speedo Dive In campaign which aims to help
adults swim their way to fitness by improving their front crawl.
Free 60 minute swim fit sessions will be on offer in the Aquatics Centre where
Siobhan-marie will be joined by swim coaches to give out tips and advice on how
to improve people's swimming techniques.
The swimming drive has been launched in response to new research from Speedo,
which revealed that only 36% swimmers surveyed in the North West could swim more
than 4 lengths (100m) of front crawl proficiently, even though 65% of British
adults recognised swimming as the best for a full body workout.
The report also found that 34% adults are still not confident in the water. In
addition, 20% people that can swim, said that learning to be a better swimmer
would encourage them to swim more frequently.
Anyone, over the age of 18, who wants to have a free 60 minute session, can sign
up before Saturday via:-
Speedo.Co.UK/Dive-In, where they can
choose a time slot to apply for. There will be a small number of places
available on the day, but they are limited and will be awarded on a 1st come,
first served basis.Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events,
Wendy Simon, said:- "This is an unmissable opportunity for adults of all
abilities to get the very best advice from some swimming elite, which will help
them improve their stroke and give them the confidence boost they may need.
To be coached by an Olympian is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I hope as
many people as possible sign up and be part of this fun and informative day."
The 60-minute Dive In sessions have been designed with the help of leading
athletes and ex-professional swimmers James Goddard, Ian Hulme and Harry Needs.
Rio Silver medalist and Team Speedo athlete, James Guy said:- "As with any
workout, the right technique is essential in helping maximise your session. You
don't have to be an elite swimmer to have good technique and even the smallest
changes can really make a massive difference to the enjoyment and results you
get from swimming."
James Hickman, Global Sports Marketing Manager at Speedo International said:-
"We are hugely passionate about swimming and in this big year for the sport
we want to effect a real change in the nation's swimming habits and get more
people swimming for fitness.
By providing 10,000 adults with free sessions we hope to inspire people to Dive
In and really get the most from their swimming; learning new techniques with
some of the UK's leading athletes, to maximise their fitness potential in the
The one off event is supported by the City's Fit for Me campaign which is being
run by Liverpool City Council and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Fit for Me is looking to get everyone in the City more active.
Dr Maurice Smith, a GP at Mather Avenue surgery in Allerton
and Healthy Liverpool's 'Living Well' clinical lead said:- "It's great to see
that people in Liverpool will be able to benefit by getting top tips and tuition
from swimming champions and an Olympian no less.
You don't have to be an Olympian to get involved in Fit for Me though. It's
about everyone being active, whatever they choose to do and at whatever level
they are at. The benefits to getting active are often more than people think;
you can benefit from better sleep, having more energy and feeling more positive.
Swimming is a great way to get active and you can even get a free swim to get
you started at any of Liverpool's Lifestyles Fitness Centres by signing up to
Fit for Me online at:-
Find out which Lifestyles centres have pools by visiting:-
Liverpool.Gov.UK/Lifestyles and why not
check out the latest Fit for Me Free Swim offer.