Great Britain Olympic swimmer makes a big splash with Barrow kids

16 October 2017 10:55AM

DOUBLE Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist Ellie Faulkner paid an inspirational visit to Park Leisure Centre to lead a training session organised by Barrow Amateur Swimming Club.

Swimmers aged between nine and 14, from clubs in Barrow, Ulverston and Carnforth, were given an Olympic-style clinic to teach them the correct techniques for starts, turns and their strokes.

Originally from Sheffield, 24-year-old Faulkner won gold in the 200m freestyle at this year’s British Championships, clocking an impressive 1:57.04.

The youngsters also learned about the significance of poolside exercise to prevent injury and promote muscular strength.

“It was fabulous event, and I loved talking to and helping the next generation of kids,” said Faulkner.

Team GB nutrition coach Andrew Sheppard was also on hand to teach the youngsters the importance of diet in fuelling Olympic success.

The young swimmers were encouraged to go beyond the average five-a-day to aim for seven portions of fruit and vegetables, as well as plenty of protein.

Unfortunately for aspiring Olympians, unhealthy burgers, fast food and too many sweets are off the menu. Barrow ASC hope the event will inspire swimmers to success and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Chairman Mark Ralph said: “Bringing such a high-profile swimmer such as Ellie to the club is important to show to young people that hard work can bring success and nothing is impossible.”

The club are always open to new members. Youngsters wishing to join are welcome to attend trials on the last Friday of each month.

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