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Olympian Mark Foster gets behind swimmers in 4km challenge
A special guest was watching when four young swimmers splashed their way to success in a 4km swimming challenge.
Olympian Mark Foster was on hand to cheer on Barnet Copthall Swimmers Club’ members and their parents in the Swim Britain relay challenge at London Fields Lido.
Peter Soczewka, eight, Declan Neilson, nine, Archie Price, ten, and Bartosz Soczewka, 11, smashed their parents' time, finishing third out of 37 teams with a time of 1:13.24.
Their parents were ranked 15th with a time of 1:28.27.
Archie’s dad Chris Price said: “It was quite a tough challenge with the lads having to thrash around the buoys in the open air pool and risk getting kicked. I thought they did really well to finish third against adult teams.”
Sponsored by British Gas, the Swim Britain event attempts to highlight the importance of swimming as a mass participation sport as well as the importance of fitness.
Mr Foster, a former member of Barnet Copthall Swimmers Club, said: “It’s all a bit of a fun. The beauty of the event is that is aimed at teams rather than individuals.
“It’s great to see mums, dads even grandmas and granddads taking part. People can really get behind their team mates and cheer them on.”
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