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    Leading Australian swimwear brand, Zoggs, is continuing its campaign to encourage and inspire more children to actively get involved in aquatic sports. The brand has teamed up with Total Swimming, set up by Olympian Steve Parry, to run another series of events across the country providing up to 150 FREE spaces (at each event) for kids, aged 7 to 14 years old, to experience different aquatic sports, including mini water polo, synchronised swimming and fast swimming.

    Cranleigh Leisure Centre is delighted to announce that it will be hosting one of these exclusive events on September 20, 1.30 – 4.30pm, which will be attended by Olympic/Commonwealth athletes, Adam Whitehead (Lead athlete/Presenter, Fast Swimmer, Olympian, European & Commonwealth Champion), Rosie Morris (Water Polo Player, 2012 Olympian, GB Women’s Team Goalkeeper) and Katie Skelton (Synchronised Swimmer, 2012 Olympian Team GB).

    The event will feature an afternoon of skills and games across the different aquatic disciplines: Fast swimming, Synchro swimming, Mini Water Polo, Rookie Lifeguard & CPR (poolside). Every participant will be given the chance to try each of the activities, by rotating through the stations.

    Each station will be led by an Olympic or Commonwealth athlete, an expert in the discipline, who will provide instruction and encourage the children.

    The athletes will be introduced at the beginning of the event and the children (and their families) will have the opportunity to meet the Olympians outside of the pool for autographs, photos and the showing of Olympic and Commonwealth medals.  

    Steve Parry (pictured, at the Olympic Games in Athens, 2004) said: “We are really excited to have teamed up with Zoggs to run this series of Zoggs Oceans of Fun Days.  Zoggs is a swim brand with a real passion for swimming and, by using role models in the form of Olympic and Commonwealth athletes, we hope to inspire, motivate and educate young people who will have the chance to come along and take part in these events for free.

    “They will not only learn a huge amount at these events but get a once in a lifetime chance to swim against a top athlete and, we hope, begin to understand the benefits, and enjoyment, of adopting an active, healthy lifestyle. “

    Each child will receive a Zoggs Oceans of Fun swimming hat and be presented with a medal at the end of the event – after having the chance to race against an Olympian!

    For Zoggs, the fun days are a key initiative for the brand, which prides itself on its passion for swimming, and the company is thrilled to be able to bring this unique opportunity to so many children across the country.

    Zoggs’ Marketing and PR Manager, David Annand, said: “For us, this is about introducing aquatic sports that many children will not have had the chance to experience.  By teaming up with Steve and his team and working with our leisure partners to put on these events and open them up to so many children, we hope to not only inspire and educate everyone who comes along, but for them to experience just how much fun the pool can be.  Success for us will be seeing the children, who take part, continue enjoying the freedom, fun and skills, regular swimming and aquatic sports can bring. This is an extremely exciting initiative for everyone at Zoggs and we look forward to sharing our passion for swimming with thousands of children across the country.”

    Spaces are limited and booking up fast, so children keen to sign up for this unique event, should contact Cranleigh Leisure Centredirectly on 01483 274400 or the swim co-ordinators directly on 01483 542307. Participants must be aged between 7 and 14 years old and able to swim 25 metres unaided. Everyone taking part must have registered and completed a consent form.

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