Synchronised swimmers from Leeds showed off some impressive underwater acrobatics, in support of Sport Relief.
The 21 members from the City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club performed a special Sport Relief routine at The John Charles Centre for Sport in a bid to encourage local people to enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, taking place at venues all over Yorkshire on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March.
The routine itself included the swimmers, aged between seven and 15 years old, creating the word ‘swim’ and doing impressive lifts in the water, all to encourage people to sign up to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games events.
Coach Sarah Speers, from the City of Leeds Synchronised Swimming Club, said: “At the City of Leeds synchronised swimming club we’re really excited about the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Swimathon, especially as there are so many swim events taking place in Leeds for local people to get involved in.
“We’re backing Sport Relief because we know the money raised will go to many great projects in our local community, across the UK and throughout the world. So, we want to encourage the people of Leeds to grab their swimsuit and sign up to the Sport Relief Swimathon.”
The City of Leeds synchronised swimming club develops swimmers to compete at a national level with the City of Leeds SSC. Swimmers in the club are also members of a feeder club, and they represent those clubs when competing regionally and locally.
Training sessions are held at the Aquatics Centre at John Charles Centre for Sport and membership is by open invitation and assessment.
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from March 21 to 23 and has three fundraising events to choose from – the Mile, the Swimathon and the Cycle.
As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £195million. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.
The Swimathon started in 1986 and since then more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising over £40 million for charity. Pools and operators continue to encourage visitors to enter Swimathon, with more than 37 per cent of participants in 2013 hearing about the event through their swimming pool.
Details about local events can be found at sportrelief.com.