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Campaign for more pools
in London launched
London’s Evening Standard expensive to run, despite
newspaper is campaigning for fervent campaigning. The latest
more swimming pools in the wasCharltonHealthandFitness
capitalinthebuildupto2012. Centre. Another is Haggerston
It says London has just a single Pool, which was closed in 2000
functioning indoor 50-metre pool, as Clissold Leisure Centre was
theGurnellLeisureCentreinEaling. duetoopennearby.
“The Olympic-sized pool at The Clissold building was
the National Sports Centre in beset with problems, with the
Crystal Palace remains costspirallingto£45m–sixtimes
mothballed until the end of the the original estimate. It opened
year.BeijingandBerlineachhave in February 2002 but had to be
12Olympic-sizedpublicpools. shutinNovember2003onhealth
ParisandNewYorkeachhave andsafetygrounds.
seven and Madrid has four. Crystal Palace, where many
London is on a par with the Olympic swimming hopefuls
UzbekcapitalofTashkent,which used to train, was criticised as
hasonlyone50-metrepool.” woefullyinadequateandclosed.
The London Assembly Years of underfunding meant
launchedaninquiryintothestate swimmers using it had to
of the capital’s pools amid contend with problems from
concernsthatlowincomegroups unreliable heating to pigeons
are being excluded because a foulingthewater.
highproportionareprivatelyrun. Other closures include Forest
The Assembly’s committee for Hill Baths in Lewisham, shut
economic development, culture, downin2006.
sport and tourism will publish a The newspaper says it wants
map showing areas without tocampaignfor
public pools within 20 minutes’ • Create sporting inspiration
walkoflocalpeople. andfacilities“thatlastforthe
It will also investigate public generationtocome”
transport access to swimming • Secure access to top-class
facilities and future provision of sportingfacilitiesforall
publicpools. • Ringfence money to secure
Thecommitteewantstoseeif Olympic legacy and ensure
Londoners will benefit from a millionsmoreparticipateinsport
£140m government scheme • Nomoresell-offsofschoolor
offering free swimming to councilsportsfacilities
children and pensioners, which • Establish a system of
isduetostartnextspring. “Olympic Champions” with
In the last few years several top athletes going into
pools have been abandoned schools to inspire children,
over claims that they are too teachersandparents
DRY DROWNING CASE STUNS US
The United States has been stunned by the case of a 10 year-old
in South Carolina who died of dry drowning after leaving a
swimming pool and returning home for sleep. Specialists call it
secondary drowning or dry drowning in which water gets into the
lungs and the laryngospasm reflex essentially causes asphyxiation
and neurogenic pulmonary edema.
Onemother,CassandraJackson,hasexperiencedsuchanincident
inSouthCarolinainwhichher10year-oldson,JohnnyJackson,who
wentswimmingatalocalpooldiedfromdrydrowning.
“I’ve never known a child could walk around, talk, speak and
theirlungsbefilledwithwater.”
Johnny didn’t show any respiratory distress signs only that he
had an accident and soiled himself in the pool. The young boy, his
mother and sister then walked home after spending time at the
pool.WhentheyarrivedhomeshegaveJohnnyabathandhetold
her he felt sleepy. When she went to check on Johnny she
reportedly saw his face was covered in a “spongy white material”.
Hewasthenrushedtothehospital,butitwastoolate.
Dry drowning can occur from being ill or by accident and not
specificallyjustfromswimming.
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