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SHARING WISDOM: Paralympic champion inspires future talent in Stanmore

 Published on: 16th January 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The three-time Paralympic swimming champion Ollie Hynd has visited Aspire Leisure Centre in Stanmore to talk about his experiences and give advice to the next generation.

There were nine para-swimmers from across London who came to Stanmore to attend the camp, with some already performing at regional and national level.

Hynd won his first Paralympic gold medal at London 2012, before going one better at Rio 2016, winning two.

James Warrener, who is the regional development officer for the Swim England London Region, said: “These are para-swimmers who are already performing at regional and national competitions.

“They could be at an international level in 2024 or 2028.”

The camp was part of the Start Para-Swimming programme which is said to support para-swimmers and give them a clear pathway.

The London Region’s regional administration officer, Damien Bryan, said: “The message that is being delivered to them comes from the highest level.

“They will become the athletes they are going to become because of the clubs that they are working with. This is about supporting them where possible, and a development camp of this kind does just that. 

“It’s also about them meeting other athletes of a similar age and comparing each other’s training programmes.”

The Start-Para Swimming programme already has eight centres in London signed up with sessions being run by Swim England qualified coach and teachers.

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