From 27 to 29 August, Hackney Council’s London Fields Lido will be the training venue for the US Paralympic swimming team.
For five sessions on these three days, the lido will be closed to the public while the swimming team is put through their final preparations for the Paralympic Games, which begin on 29 August:
• Monday 27: 3.30pm – 6.30pm
• Tuesday 28: 7.30am – 10.30am and 2.30pm – 5.30pm
• Wednesday 29: 7.30am – 10.30am and 5pm-7pm
Members of the public will be required to vacate the pool half-an-hour before those sessions start. When the Lido is closed people can use Britannia, Kings Hall and Clissold Leisure Centre’s pools.
“We are thrilled to have the use of a venue of this caliber in the lead up to the 2012 Paralympic Games competition,” said Julie O’Neill, Team Leader, Sport Performance, United States Olympic Committee (USOC). “We hope the training support from this facility will translate to seeing many of our athletes on the podium during the Games.”
On 27 August, 30 guests from Hackney’s London Fields Lido User group and Clissold Swimming Club have been invited to an open training session, with a chance to meet the athletes afterwards; the USOC will provide coaching expertise for local children of all abilities and young people will also get the opportunity to attend Olympic training camps at US Olympic headquarters in the US, details of this will be finalised over the coming months, and further announcements will be made.
Hackney Council has been working closely with the USOC and fully intend this to be the start of an ongoing relationship that will see further benefits for Hackney.
As well as a financial contribution the Council will receive some Olympic and Paralympic memorabilia.
To find out more about London Fields Lido and other leisure centres visit www.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-leisure-centres.htm or www.gll.org/leisure/london-fields-lido/facilities/