Swimmers take Olympic plunge

24-hour Swimathon at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, officially started by Deputy Leader of the Council Harry Trueman.
24-hour Swimathon at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, officially started by Deputy Leader of the Council Harry Trueman.
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SWIMMERS made a splash on Wearside to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

More than 100 teams took part in a 24-hour swimathon to mark this summer’s Games.

The event in Sunderland saw dozens of people, including councillors from across the city, take to the water.

Victoria French, Sunderland Council assistant head of community services, said: “Everything all came together well for the event.

“We really want to encourage people to take part in different activities in the run-up to the Olympics.

“Hopefully, through the Sunderland 2012 programme there will be lots of different opportunities to take part.

“We had over 100 teams taking part, including groups from schools, the Brownies and the Sun City Triathlon team.

“I think it’s about getting people involved and giving them the opportunity to try things they haven’t done before in an event atmosphere.

“Everyone that took part will get a medal and once they have tried it they may find they quite enjoy it.”

Councillor Henry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland Council, urged Wearsiders to get involved in local Olympic-themed events.

“We had people representing different areas of Sunderland on the day,” he said. “We want people to be ready for the Olympics and we’ve got lots more events coming up like the Mini Fun Run and the bike ride.”

l Elsewhere in the city, footballer Jill Scott visited Richard Avenue Primary School as part of its Sport Relief Day.

Jill, who plays for England and Everton, having previously played for Sunderland, spent the day with children, giving them tips on their football skills.

She is also in the squad for the Great Britain Women’s Olympic football team.

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