Tower Hamlets youngsters test the water at Olympic Aquatics Centre

PUBLISHED: 11:14 22 March 2012

Tower Hamlets swimmers with Liam Tancock

Tower Hamlets swimmers with Liam Tancock


Local youngsters try out London 2012 facilities

Tower Hamlets youngsters gave the Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a resounding thumbs-up, after competing in the iconic 2012 venue on Sunday.

They took part in the annual Six Host Borough Swimming Championship against Newham, Greenwich, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Barking & Dagenham.

As part of the legacy promise, the Olympic Park Legacy Company and GLL gave local people the opportunity to use the 50-metre pool before the Olympic athletes.

More than 1,000 spectators watched the swimmers – aged nine to 18-years-old – swim over a range of disciplines.

Waltham Forest won the Speedo 6 Host Borough Trophy, Greenwich were second and Barking & Dagenham in third.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “The Aquatics Centre will become a fantastic venue for the community after the Games and the Host Borough Swimming Championships was a taste of things to come.

“The atmosphere was electric and the excitement of the young swimmers was evident as soon as they entered the centre. We want all local children to experience this when the centre reopens after the Games.”

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