Romford schoolboy gets in the swim with Olympic gold medalist

A pupil from Romford has won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a swimming lesson delivered by four-time Olympic medallist, Becky Adlington.

Everyone Active supported Swim England’s national Big School Swim campaign by joining forces with Becky Adlington SwimStars to invite primary school children from across the country to submit an original design for their very own swim hat.

10-year-old Jack Hathaway who attends Parklands Junior School in Romford, had his winning entry hand-picked and presented to him by Becky during a school assembly on Tuesday September 24.

As a reward for his creativity, Jack and his classmates were then given the opportunity to make a splash in the pool at Central Park Leisure Centre during a lesson delivered by the Olympian.

Becky said: “We received so many exceptional entries to the competition, but Jack’s really stood out. It was so much fun to join him and the other children from Parklands Junior School for a swimming lesson in the fantastic pool at Central Park Leisure Centre.”

Everyone Active works with Becky Adlington SwimStars to promote the importance of school swimming lessons and ensure more young people learn this life-saving skill.

Jacqui Tillman, Group Swim Manager at Everyone Active said: “We are delighted to be teamed up with Becky Adlington SwimStars to deliver school swimming lessons. Being able to learn from such a decorated Olympian was a great opportunity for all the children.”


Mick Ferris

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