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Can new pool change women's attitude to sport?

The Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, and the Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, are opening the new re-locatable swimming pool at Broad Oak High School in Bury today.

The pool is part of Sport England and Bury Council's I Will If You Will project. It's testing what would help to change the sporting habits of women and girls. What happens in Bury will be studied to help increase the number of women participating in sport across the country.

New centre for Paralympic swimming

Paralympic World Cup, Manchester Aquatics Centre Credit: PA

British Para-Swimming is opening a new centre at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

It includes a training camp for top swimmers including Ellie Simmonds and Josef Craig.

Athletes say it will be a world leading performance centre.

Paralympic World champion, Ellie Simmonds Credit: PA

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Swim with Olympic and Paralympic heroes

Steve Parry Credit: PA

Hundreds of swimmers will join Paralympic and Olympic heroes in Manchester as part of a drive to get more people into the sport.

Former Stockport swimmers Keri-anne Payne and Liverpool's Steve Parry will be squaring up in the pool as they join members of the public to swim 1000m.

Former Stockport swimmer Keri Anne Payne Credit: PA

Whilst Paralympic star Claire Cashmore, who has just landed a World Championship relay gold medal in Montreal, will also be taking to the water to swim with local school pupil Kiera Fox, who like Claire was born without a forearm, and who has been mentored by the world-class swimmer for the past 6

months after the youngster was inspired by Claire to learn to swim.

Manchester's female Water Polo team will also be taking on the challenge as a team.

It's part of the SwimBritain scheme which is a four-person team relay event, part of a new programme by British Gas that aims to encourage 500,000 people to swim more regularly by 2015.

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Keep calm and Keri-Anne

Family await Keri-anne's race Credit: David Chisnall

Stockport's Keri-anne Payne is hoping to ease the pain in the pool in the 10K open water marathon at Hyde Park.

Her family and friends are gathering already wearing specially made 'keep calm and Keri-anne' t-shirts.

Stockport's Keri-anne Payne is hoping to ease the pain in the pool in the 10K open water marathon at Hyde Park.

So far in the water Team GB have three a silver from Michael Jamieson and two bronzes by Rebecca Adlington.

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