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Press Release for the 2018 Thame Para-Swimming Event:

2018 Thame Para-Swimming Event

Thame & District Lions Club (CIO) are extremely pleased and proud to announce the first Thame Para-Swimming Event which will be held at Better’s Thame Leisure Centre on Saturday 24th March 2018.

The event’s activities, organised and run on our behalf by, Thame Swimming Club, in association with Swim England Para-Swimming, is open to para-swimmers aged 6 years and over. They’ll be invited to take part in a range of fun activities including a short 25-metre race. Swimmers will race one to a lane and will be timed.  Those requiring support will be able to have someone swimming alongside them.

Commenting on the event, Mike Holms-Sharp from Thame & District Lions Club said: “We hope that para-swimmers of all ages will take part.  Not only will it be great fun, it’ll also offer swimmers the chance to experience the competitive buzz with spectators cheering them on from poolside. We might even identify some local talent for the 2020 Paralympic Games.”

Colin Williams, Better’s Community Sports Manager added: “We’re delighted to be able to support this event by hosting it at Thame Leisure Centre. Swimming offers a host of physical and psychological benefits to both the abled bodied and disabled and can provide a real sense of freedom.”

Will Hard, Communications Manager of Thame Swimming Club said: “We are delighted to be supporting the first Thame & District Lions Para-Swimming gala and hope it becomes a regular event attracting local talent into competitive swimming. We are also grateful to Lucy Electric for sponsoring this event.”

This event provides swimmers with a Physical, Visual, Hearing and Intellectual (low IQ), a taster of para-swimming with the opportunity to race over a short distance.

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The normal £5 Entry Fee has been waived for the 2018 Thame Para-Swimming Event … but we wouldn’t say no to donations on the night to the Thame & District Lions Club (CIO), should participants wish to do so!

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Thame Swimming Club is delighted to announce local business Sundance Pools as its main sponsor for 2018.

Sundance Pools is an Aylesbury-based supplier of one-piece swimming pools. The company’s Director Ed West and Project Manager Mark Kirsten both live in the Thame area with their families, and the firm supplies domestic pool customers all over the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire area.

Thame Swimming Club was founded in April 2009 and has its home at Thame Leisure Centre. It is focused on the development of swimmers across a broad range of training levels and prides itself on a great, welcoming atmosphere.

It aims to give each swimmer a feeling of accomplishment at his or her individual level. Whilst swimmers learn good swimming technique they also learn to be part of a team that values fair play and sportsmanship. Thame is a competitive swimming club with swimmers taking part in galas across the region in order to build their competition experience.

Sundance Pools’ sponsorship will enable the Club and its excellent coaching team to continue the development of the swimmers skills as they progress from the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, through the Club’s training groups into the County & District Squad.

Will Hard, Communications Manager of Thame Swimming Club said: “Thame Swimming Club is delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with Sundance Pools of Aylesbury. Sundance’s generous investment into Thame Swimming Club underpins their commitment to the local community, and will significantly contribute towards the ongoing development of our club.”

Alice West, Marketing and Communications Manager at Sundance Pools said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to strengthen our commitment to youth swimming and our support of local community projects. Thame Swimming Club shares our values – healthy lifestyles, competitive spirit and seizing opportunities – so this was a natural fit for both parties. We are looking forward to playing a part in what is one of the best swimming clubs in the region.”

The Sundance Pools team attended Thame Swimming Club’s annual awards evening on Saturday 27th January where the Club celebrated the success of its swimmers at galas and at the Annual Club Championships held the previous November.

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