Top diver is a champion for swimming

PUBLISHED: 12:03 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Picture: Louisa Emery

Picture: Louisa Emery

BUDDING champion swimmers were given some inspiration when they were joined by a silver-medallist diver at the launch of a new school. Pete Waterfield, a silver medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, joined the hundreds of children at Hatfield S

BUDDING champion swimmers were given some inspiration when they were joined by a silver-medallist diver at the launch of a new school.

Pete Waterfield, a silver medallist at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, joined the hundreds of children at Hatfield Swim Centre to pass on his expert tips.

Instructors at the Lemsford Lane pool relaunched their swim school at the event by introducing the Amateur Swimming Association's national plan for teaching.

More than 900 children were invited to the event, which allowed them to swim for free, and enjoy inflatable assault courses, a new slide, snorkelling, diving, face painting and a polo competition.

They were split into two groups - under eights and over eights - and were also entertained by Frosties mascot Tony the Tiger.

Mr Waterfield gave talks about his technique and successes at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, as well as giving a demonstration for older children.

Sarah Gallacher, swimming lesson coordinator, said: "It was very well attended and they all went away enthused, having thoroughly enjoyed it.

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