Starting blocks give swimmers a boost in the Deepings

Swimmers Bethany Wilde and Jack Hall, members of Deepings Swimming Club, use the new diving blocks.

Swimmers Bethany Wilde and Jack Hall, members of Deepings Swimming Club, use the new diving blocks.

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Swimmers will be able to make more of a splash after a major fundraising effort was successful enough to pay for six new Olympic-style diving blocks.

Deepings Swimming Club took delivery of their new equipment after year-long battle to raise the £5,000 needed.

Samantha Dalton, a member of the coaching 
staff, said members were delighted with the blocks, which are the modern design used by top swimmers like Rebecca Adlington at the Olympics.

“Our old starting blocks were very old and dated, these are designed to propel swimmers forward with more power into the dive,” she said.

“It is fabulous that we have them here for our young swimmers to train on.

“Hopefully they will get a head start as more and more swimming clubs plan to use them.

“The club committee would like to thank everyone who took part in the fundraising.

“Swimming is such an important sport and life skill, it is terrific to think the children in our area, some of whom could be Olympic medalists of the future, have the best equipment.”

It took a year-long campaign to raise the money with help coming from local businesses and members who held all kinds of events, from sponsored spins to a charity clothes collection.

More than £400 was raised with the help of the Waitrose community charity scheme which sees shoppers put 
the green token into the charity piggy bank of their choice.

“We are always on the lookout for new members and more sponsorship,” said Samantha.

“Our next fundraiser is a Fish & Chips Quiz Supper at Linfords in Market Deeping on Saturday, November 1.”

Visit www.deepingssc.co.uk.