Hopes that Olympic swimmer will encourage next generation in Bishopbriggs

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PEOPLE are being urged to take the plunge and follow in the wake of Olympic swimming hero Michael Jamieson.

The record-breaking pool star – who won a silver medal at the Olympics last week and broke the British record for 200m breaststroke – trained at the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs.

Now the swimming development team at East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust are inviting locals to be inspired by his success.

They are currently helping an 84-year-old woman to learn how to swim!

As a boy Michael was a member of Scotia Amateur Swimming Club in Bishopbriggs, which uses the Leisuredrome swimming pool for training.

He became a household name with his amazing swim last Wednesday.

Councillor Stewart MacDonald, chairman of the trust, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Michael and EDLC is extremely proud that he began developing his talent by training in the Leisuredrome.

“His Olympic success will be an inspiration to many of the youngsters who are currently training at our facilities or who have developed an interest in the sport since watching him on television.”

He continued: “EDLC offers swimming lessons to those aged four months up and there is currently an 84-year-old lady taking lessons for the very first time.

“It goes to show that you are never too old to learn. The swimming development programme is very diverse, giving participants options to get involved in synchronised swimming, high-board diving, water polo and swimming.

“There is a clear pathway for those who want to progress in these areas; two children who took part in the ‘learn to swim’ programme are now in the Scottish Water Polo team.”

EDLC has three sports facilities – Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs and the Allander, Milngavie.

The chairperson of the Scottish Synchronised Swimming Committee and coach for Ren 96 Synchro Club – Phyllis McLean – recently took a synchronised swimming session at the Leisuredrome. She is currently officiating at the Olympics.

You can contact the swimming development team on 0141 773 3064 or visit www.edlc.co.uk

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