Medals galore for distance swimmers

Photo of the four girls with their medals.

Four local girls have raised over £500 for charity by taking part in a UK-wide swimming challenge.

Sophie Loadman, 12, Keely Peard, 13, Olivia Featherstone, 12, and Emily Grynyer-Haynes, 12, completed the Team 5km Marie Curie Swimathon on 8th April, raising much-needed funds for the charity which provides care and support for people living with a terminal illness.

Just two weeks later, on 23rd April, Sophie, Keely and Olivia took their long-distance swimming achievements to another level when they each swam 10km (400 lengths) within four-and-a-half hours to gain the top award in the ASA-accredited Active Aqua scheme.

All four girls are members of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre’s Elite Swimming Club.

The keen swimmers say they are looking forward to broadening their sporting horizons by joining a new water polo team that will be starting up soon at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

To find out more about the swimming club and the new water polo team, contact the leisure centre on 0300 333 0300.

Photo (l-r): Sophie Loadman, Keely Peard, Olivia Featherstone and Emily Grynyer-Haynes with their medals after completing the Marie Curie Swimathon.

UPDATE (1st June 2017): The new water polo course at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre starts on Sunday 4th June at 7am. More details…

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 10). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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