POSTED: May 12th 2009

Venue bonus for London swimmers

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Britain’s prospective 2012 swimmers have used a visit to the venue for the acquatics centre as extra motivation to be competing there for the London Olympic.

Michael Scott, the national performance director who led the party, said: “Visiting the centre has reminded the athletes of their long-term goals as we are about to head off to our national squad training camp ahead of the World Championships in Rome.”

Swimmers who saw at first hand the wave-shaped roof taking shape included Beijing medallists Rebecca Adlington, Joanne Jackson and David Davies.

The Aquatics Centre will be the gateway to the Olympic Park and the legacy factors are two 50m swimming pools, a diving pool and dry diving area.

Development executive David Higgins reported that work was on time while oOrganising chairman Sebastian Coe said: “In three years or so, this will be - I hope - home to some extraordinary British performances.

"I am sure that seeing the venue – even in these early stages of construction - will inspire our swimmers to greater heights. Then, after the Games, London will be left with a fantastic swimming facility for both elite and community use – something of which the city is in desperate need.”

Keywords · London 2012 · Olympic Games · Adlington · Coe

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