Women and children in Bury are taking part in water activity sessions with the help of two aquatic Olympians. It forms part of the town's I Will If You Will campaign.
Women and children in Bury are taking part in water activity sessions with the help of two aquatic Olympians. It forms part of the town's I Will If You Will campaign which aims to encourage women to keep fit.
Southport's swimmer Fran Halsall has struck gold again at the European Championships in Berlin.
Halsall beat fellow Briton Georgia Davies by one hundredth of a second to win the 50m backstroke final in 27.81.
It's her second Gold medal of the championships, after success in the 100 metre freestyle mixed relay.
She's also bringing home a Bronze medal from the 50 metre butterfly.
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.
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.
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.
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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Thousands of swimmers found the perfect way to cool off earlier by taking a dip in Salford Quays. Now in its 4th year the Great Manchester Swim is a one mile course from one dock to another. Wetsuits were optional this year because of the soaring temperatures.
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The parents of Chloe Waddell reportedly tried to revive her after finding the swimmer unconscious at their home in Timperley.