The Big Splash aims to get people in the water and swimming. The Evening Mail's JAMES HIGGINS is taking the plunge in a bid to get fit.
SO, this is it. The final curtain; my last bow – the emotional end to the rollercoaster ride that has been my journey to becoming a swimming great. In relative terms, at least.
WITH the Swimathon Weekend 2012 just around the corner, The Park Leisure Centre is encouraging people in South Cumbria to dive in on April 28 and 29.
WHAT a fortnight of highs and lows. In the last two weeks, I have managed to almost hit the magical 64, donned neon pink goggles in the pool and been labelled a slapper.
BACK in 1997 I went through a rite of passage every young man should experience at some point in his formative years – my first lads’ holiday abroad.
IT was a day that shaped the rest of my life; a moment that, although I didn’t realise it back then, was to alter my destiny.
I SHOULD have seen it coming. My swimming escapades – and changing room banter – have seen me develop an acute case of length envy.
HAD anyone told me that, four months into my swimming regime, I would be covering 100m in a near Olympic record-beating time, I would have chortled.
I TRY to steer clear of it in most walks of life, save for the odd heated debate over a pint or a conversation of necessity in the office.
THERE were two reasons I refrained from hugging the man next to me. Actually, make that three.
I HAVE experienced two firsts since I last wrote about progress with my swimming challenge.
BACK in my school days, the “in” crowd ruled the playground.
MY mornings have changed beyond recognition – and with them, so has my outlook on life.
IT took me back to the day I received my under-par A-Level results; the day that I saw upset like never before in the eyes of my parents.
IT is unlikely anyone ever believed me. But every time I claimed to have a body like Daniel Craig beneath my modest office garb of shirt and tie, there was, at least a small chance it may be true.
• To find out more about the Big Splash, call the Park Leisure Centre on 01229 871146.
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