Stowmarket: Olympic swimmer David Davies gives masterclass to pupils in competition

Olympic distance swimmer David Davies with swimming pupils

Olympic distance swimmer David Davies with swimming pupils - Credit: Archant

Young swimmers from across Suffolk have been making a splash with the help of a British Olympian.

60 Pupils from 10 schools will take part in a gala finale to celebrate the involvement of over 3,000

60 Pupils from 10 schools will take part in a gala finale to celebrate the involvement of over 3,000 children across Suffolk in the Great East Swim Outreach Programme. Pictured is Kathleen Adam. - Credit: Archant

David Davies, represented Great Britain at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. He won a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle in Athens and silver four years later in the open-water 10k event.

He gave expert tips to pupils as they took part in a competition at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket.

He said: “I was very excited to share my swimming knowledge with these students, it’s great to see so many kids getting involved in distance swimming at such an early age.

“Hopefully we’ll see some of these children lining up for Team GB in years to come.”

The competition came after a four-day swimming programme involving more than 3,000 students organised by the Great East Swim outreach programme.

Pupils swam a distance of almost 350,000metres.

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