October 1st, 2016

Swimming legend Ellie Simmonds returns to make more waves

Swimming legend Ellie Simmonds returns to make more waves Swimming legend Ellie Simmonds returns to make more waves
Updated: 4:36 pm, May 07, 2015

PARALYMPIC legend Ellie Simmonds will be making a splash once again in Coventry this weekend when she takes part in the British Gas SwimBritain challenge.

The 19-year-old, who won gold medals at both the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and in London four years later, is once again leading the campaign to encourage more people to get involved in swimming.

Now in its second year, SwimBritain aims to encourage more people to swim more regularly and help the nation rediscover their love of the water.

Last year saw thousands of swimmers team up at events up and down the country including the Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre last August.

And registrations are open now to join Ellie as she returns to the city this Saturday to complete the SwimBritain challenge for a second year running.

There are two ways to get involved this year. SwimBritain1000 is a four-person relay where each team member swims 250m four times around a specially-designed course in a dedicated 50m pool. SwimBritain500 is a shorter distance designed with families in mind, where team members use the same course, swimming half the distance (125m, four times).

“We’re excited to be able to bring British Gas SwimBritain back for another year following last year’s success with thousands of people taking part across the country.” said British Gas ambassador, Duncan Goodhew.

“We hope to inspire all ages and abilities to swim more regularly with a range of tools to help them along the way.”

Find out more by visiting swimbritain.co.uk or following @BGSwimming and Facebook.com/BGSwimming.