Forest School hosts Team GB swimmers
PUBLISHED: 10:50 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:02 05 August 2016
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Forest School’s swimming pool was recently used as a ‘quiet’ training camp by Team GB swimmers competing at the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games.
For 10 days in May, the swimmers trained in the School’s pool while taking part in the European Aquatics Championships at the London Aquatics Centre.
Assistant Team Manager, Rob Wardell, said: ‘It’s been fantastic to use the facilities here at Forest. This is the first time the Olympic team have all been together following selection in April. Despite the meet at the championships, the swimmers are still training and being able to come here has been perfect.’
The Team GB swimmers included Adam Peaty, who won gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, Francesca Halsall, who won gold for 50m backstroke, and Siobhan-Marie O-Connor who won silver in the 200m individual medley.
The swimmers, along with Chris Walker-Hebborn, also won a gold medal in the mixed 4x100 relay.
All of the swimmers will be travelling to Rio this summer where they will hope to add to their collection of gold medals. One of the younger swimmers also took their A level exam alongside Forest Sixth Formers while here.
This is not the first time Forest School has hosted Olympic athletes. During the London 2012 Games, the School served as a secret training camp for Team GB athletes in the boxing, swimming, hockey, fencing and taekwondo teams.