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U.S. Paralympic swimmers to use the Lido in preparation for the 2012 Paralympic Games

U.S. Paralympic swimmers to use the Lido in preparation for the 2012 Paralympic Games

Hackney Council’s London Fields Lido will be the training venue for the US Paralympic swimming team, it was announced today (Monday 6 June).

The Council and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) have agreed that for a few hours a day, the US Paralympic swimming team will train in London s largest outdoor heated pool in the run up to and during the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Cllr Jonathan McShane said: “This is great news for Hackney and testament to the quality of the Lido and its facilities. As well as encouraging people young and old to take up sport and get involved in physical activity, the Council is working to ensure that we secure as many benefits for Hackney as possible. Now, local people can look forward to the chance of seeing Olympic athletes train and children of all abilities will receive coaching from top athletes.”

“We are thrilled to have the use of a venue of this caliber in the lead up to the 2012 Paralympic Games competition,” said Julie O’Neill, Team Leader, Sport Performance, USOC. “We hope the training support from this facility will translate to seeing many of our athletes on the podium during the Games.”

Hackney Council has been in discussions with the USOC and secured a number of benefits for the community. Besides a financial contribution, the USOC will also provide community benefits in the form of coaching expertise for local children of all abilities, athlete meet and greets, Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia, among other items.

More detailed information about the community benefits and the use of Hackney’s leisure centres will be available in the run up to the 2012 Games. To find out more about London Fields Lido and other leisure centres visit http://www.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-leisure-centres.htm

More detailed information about the community benefits will be available in the run up to the 2012 Paralympic Games. To find out more about London Fields Lido and other leisure centres visit http://www.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-leisure-centres.htm

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