Swimathon president and Olympic god medallist, Duncan Goodhew went to visit Jessie Younghusband school a few weeks ago to thank them for being such incredible supporters of School Swimathon 2019.
Duncan firstly led a swimming session at their local swimming pool for a group of 8-9 year olds. The session was a huge success; the children learnt some key technique tips to help develop new skills and confidence in the water and they ended with a few fun swimming games.
The swimming session was shortly followed by an inspirational school assembly. Here, Duncan spoke of his childhood and how he lived with both dyslexia and hair loss, which had made his school days very difficult. Demonstrating an aptitude for swimming, he soon realised that sport could help to rebuild his self-esteem. This spurred him on to make his way to the top and aged 23, he won an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain in 100m Breaststroke. During his talk, he taught the children some valuable lessons, such as to believe in yourself and to never give up when the going gets tough. Duncan also passed around his gold medal and his 2012 Olympic torch and there was also an opportunity at the end for the children to ask him lots of questions.
The whole day was a huge success and left the children with a sense of determination, resilience and positivity; a great day had by all! Duncan couldn’t wait to jump in the pool with the children as for him; “a one-swim day is a good day, a two-swim day is a great day.”
About School Swimathon
School Swimathon is setting a challenge to pupils across the country to develop their swimming ability and swim further than they have ever swum before. The Swimathon Foundation and Swim England are helping pupils across the country to 'Swim their Best' for School Swimathon 2019. The programme challenges pupils to swim further than ever before whilst improving their technique in the water.