Former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew coaches children at new pool

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FORMER Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew gave youngsters a coaching session to mark the refurbishment of their pool.

The pool, at Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, is now more energy efficient after British Gas upgraded the building’s heating and lighting.

Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Duncan Goodhew with local swimmers mark the refurbishment of Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre swimming pool on Thursday.

Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Duncan Goodhew with local swimmers mark the refurbishment of Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre swimming pool on Thursday.

Duncan, 56, whose son is studying at Northumbria University, said: “Modernised heating and ventilation means the pool here in Chester-le-Street is a nicer place for users and the council has a smaller energy bill, so everyone’s a winner.

“I hope people in the area 
will take advantage of what’s 
been done by making use of the pool.”

Duncan, who won Olympic gold in 1980, added: “I run a number of coaching projects aimed at 
getting youngsters into swimming.

“There are also a number of companies, such as British Gas, who ask me to help with their swimming-related projects.

“In some ways I’m more involved in swimming now than when I won the gold medal.

“But these days my time is spent in the boardroom as well as in the pool.”

The work at Chester-le-Street is part of a £1.3million scheme to reduce energy consumption at four public buildings owned by Durham County Council.

The council estimates its energy bill will be reduced by £151,530 a year, and carbon emissions reduced by 787 tonnes a year.