Olympic swimmer Chris Cook praises Swimfit

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Double Commonwealth Champion and Olympic finalist swimmer Chris Cook visited the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on Friday, 27 February, to mark the official launch of Swimfit sessions in Darlington.

Since the Healthy Darlington team introduced the programme last month, it has been encouraging a host of new swimmers to take to the pool and get active through swimming.

Part of Swimfit’s appeal is that sessions can be tailored to suit individual needs and with a new Swimfit Gym option of 30 session cards plus other cards ranging from 10 to 120 lengths displayed on poolside there really is a vast array of exercises to keep the swimmer motivated.

Swimmer Chris Cook met and spoke to Swimfit participants and staff from the Dolphin Centre and was really pleased with the commitment shown by the Healthy Darlington team to make this a success.

Cook said, “The Dolphin Centre has always been a hub for swimming and it’s great to see lots of new swimmers getting back into the pool”.

Chris also visited the gym in the centre where gym members are being challenged to test their fitness levels in the water.

Adam Walker, Move More Coordinator for Healthy Darlington said “The link between gym and pool has never been better at the Dolphin centre and with this new Swimfit programme in place it looks set to have a really positive impact for our pool”.

Paul Downes of the National Governing Body for Swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), said: “Swimfit is available to everybody and to all abilities, and with new and exciting easy to use exercise cards on poolside and motivational trained staff from the Dolphin Centre; there has never been a better time to get back in the pool.”

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