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27 Jul 2011

First Swim Takes Place In London 2012 Aquatics Centre

The first swim has taken place in the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, under the watchful eye of IOC President Jacques Rogge, IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Denis Oswald and LOCOG Chairman Sebastian Coe, as well as a number of other notable invitees.

A group of young swimmers from the local borough of Newham, Olympian David Davies and a beneficiary of London 2012’s International Inspiration programme completed the first few lengths ever to be swum in the brand new pool. The young swimmers were also joined by part of the team GB synchronised swimming team, who formed the number one in the water to mark the one-year-to-go anniversary.

Fantastic Venue

Speaking at the centre, IOC President Jacques Rogge said, “It was fantastic to see the young swimmers get the opportunity to have the first-ever swim in the London 2012 Aquatics Centre. It will be a fantastic venue during the Games and I am confident that the athletes will be very happy when they take to the water themselves in earnest next year. It is also reassuring to see that the local organisers have thought about legacy, and I am sure that many of the young athletes we saw today will come back and try out the pool again once the Games are over.”

International Inspiration

18 year-old Noor from Bangladesh was one of the participants in the first swim today at the Aquatics Centre. Noor was invited along as a beneficiary of London 2012’s International Inspiration programme, which aims to provide high quality sport and play opportunities to children and young people around the world. International Inspiration in Bangladesh is focusing on teaching thousands of children how to swim, in a country where tens of thousands of children die from drowning each year.

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