Suffolk school pupils dive in

June 19, 2017
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Suffolk primary school pupils took part in a master class with 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, to make waves ahead of the Great East Swim.

The pupils, from Ipswich High School and Holbrook Primary School, took part in the Great East Swim Schools Challenge in Woolverstone on June 16th to compete on who could swim the furthest ahead of Suffolk’s biggest open water swimming event.

Each class aimed to create the Great East Swim indoors, by attempting to swim as far as they could in the pool in a set time.

Michael Jamieson and the pupils

The children also had the chance to take part in a master class held by Michael Jamieson, who won a silver medal in the 200m-breast stroke at the London Olympics. Michael helped the pupils perfect their technique in the water and offered hints and tips during a question and answer session.

Alex Jackson, Director of the Great Swim Series, said, “Swimming is an important skill and it is something that we also aim to engage people in from an early age.

“Through the Great East Swim community outreach programme we hope to get young people in Suffolk excited about swimming and confident to take on challenges like the Great East Swim in the future.”

The Schools Challenge also forms part of the outreach programme, which is run in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk NORSE, who deliver the county’s school swimming programme that aims to engage young children with swimming.

Councillor Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “Suffolk County Council is delighted to be supporting and promoting the Great East Swim and we are looking forward to welcoming all swimmers to our beautiful county.

“An event like this provides a unique opportunity to inspire people to take up more physical activity and lead healthier lifestyles which will contribute directly to our ambition to make Suffolk the most active county.

“The event also promises to provide a boost to local business and the tourism economy creating a real and lasting legacy for the county.”