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Water way to make some money!
The call is going out to swimming pool is easy to organise. All you
pools across the length and need to do is incorporate a
breadth of the country. Following sponsored element into your
on from the fantastic success of swimming lessons.
Splashathon this year. Tommy’s, Every pool that registers to
the baby’s charity, is looking for take part in the Splashathon will
swimming pools to get involved receive a splash pack. The pack
and register for Splashathon will help to maximise publicity in
2009. The event, sponsored by the local area, and increase the
Splash About, sees babies and number of new families bringing
toddlers take to their local pool along their young paddlers for a
A new pool complex alongside the 2012 Aquatic Centre is now unlikely
for a range of watery activities. swim. The pool which makes the
The money raised by biggest splash and raises the most
sponsoring the tiny tots to take cash will win a £1,000 voucher to
£40M POOL LEGACY
part supports Tommy’s research spend on pool equipment.
into the causes of stillbirth, The sponsors of Splashathon,
miscarriage and premature birth. Splash About, are the children’s
PLANS TO BE AXED?
For Splashathon 2009, Tommy’s safety swimwear specialists.
is looking to smash the previous They have specialised in creating
Plans for a £40m leisure pool serious swimming in the adjacent amounts raised and reach their exciting and innovative baby
complex in the Olympic Park are aquatics centre, which will have target of £150,000. The world’s and child swimwear for over 20
set to be scrapped due to financial two Olympic-sized pools. But largest baby swimming years. For more information visit
pressures. The complex was Newham has mothballed the company, Water Babies, is also www.splashabout.net
intended to deliver a lasting sports cash and frozen plans because it supporting the 2009 Swimathon If you think you’ve got the
legacy for London’s East End fears that the majority of the and has pledged to raise perfect pool for a Splashathon log
boroughs, whose residents are funding from private developers £75,000 for the event. Holding a on to www.splashathon.org.
among the most inactive in Britain. may not materialise. Splashathon at your swimming Registration begins January 2009.
It was to have been built after Changes to the pool plans
2012 as an extension to the come after it emerged that the
aquatics centre. Local councils legacy plans for the Olympic
Newham and Tower Hamlets media centre have been
agreed to contribute £5.5m and drastically reduced. With the
Heat Exchanger
£1.5m respectively to the cost of pool, much of the estimated cost
building the leisure facilities. £26m for the leisure facility and
The pool was to have featured £14m for the fitness centre was
brochure updated
slides, flumes and wave machines to have come from the private
and council chiefs hoped it would developers of a residential and Heat Exchanger manufacturer Sales Manager, Jamie
be a stepping stone to more retail scheme in the park. ‘Bowman’ has an updated Pratt, said: “We have seen a
brochur, to help in selecting significant growth in the
the appropriate Swimming sales of swimming pool heat
SNORKEL POOL BAN IS “BONKERS”
Pool Heat Exchanger from exchangers during the last
ratings charts. A computer three years, and this trend
A man who has to wear a snorkel to swim in his local swimming pool aided selection programme is looks set to continue well
has been banned from doing so over health and safety concerns. also available. into 2009.“
Matt Bower, 36, says he wears the snorkel because he struggles The brochure can be E J Bowman also offers
to get his head above water to breathe, straining his neck and back downloaded from the website, solar panel heat exchangers
in the process. and includes the new range of that make efficient use of solar
The company that runs Westminster Lodge pool in St Albans, units which accommodate a radiation to heat up water.
claims snorkels prevent lifeguards from being able to tell if a solvent weld connection direct
swimmer is in trouble. to the pool water flow pipework.
E J BOWMAN
Pool staff took issue with his snorkel, and sent Mr Bower away,
pc www.ejbowman.co.uk
citing a permanent ban on all such equipment.
The marketing executive, who took up swimming along with his
girlfriend in a bid to recover from a knee injury, branded the ban
‘bonkers’. I’m not the best swimmer and struggle getting my head
above water to breathe so I’m far safer with the snorkel.
A spokeswoman for Leisure Connection – which runs the pool – said
the ban was put in place a number of years ago across all of its pools.
She explained: “It is our belief that snorkelers are less visible to our
lifeguards who may struggle to spot if they get into any trouble.”
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