Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds has launched the SwimBritain challenge to encourage more people to swim regularly.
The four-time gold medallist was at Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre along with Olympians Ross Davenport, Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck to help get others involved in the sport.
Sally Lockwood reports.
Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds has spoken about what inspired her to go for gold.
At an event in Coventry today, the gold medallist was herself trying to inspire others to dive in and get involved in swimming regularly.
She told ITV Central watching Nyree Kindred - formerly Lewis - in Athens 2004 encouraged her to become a Paralympian.
Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds will be back in the Midlands this weekend to start British Gas' SwimBritain challenge.
The four-person relay event aims to encourage 500,000 people to swim more regularly by 2015.
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Ellie will open the event at Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre this morning, and will be joined by Olympians Ross Davenport, Amy Smith and Joe Roebuck.
Eighteen-year-old Ellie, from Walsall, is a four-time Paralympic gold medallist and World Champion.
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