Public swimming facilities win Alice’s gold seal of approval

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Public swimming facilities win Alice’s gold seal of approval

Posted: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:39

Public swimming facilities win Alice’s gold seal of approval

Social enterprise and venue operator BH Live acquired the lease for the venue in January 2016. Following a substantial investment programme, the centre reopened in November 2016. BH Live Active, Corfe Mullen features the latest, high-tech gym and studio equipment, the full Les Mills class programme, and a 23m swimming pool.

Impressed by what she saw, Alice praised the social enterprise's commitment to make community swimming, lessons and aquatic activities available to all. "It's great to see the pool now ready for the whole community to use with a programme to encourage lots more people to get into the water," she says.

Alice was born with bilateral talipes – commonly known as club foot. After numerous operations, Alice is now able to walk but her ankles are fused at a 900 angle. Classified as a disability swimmer, Alice qualified in 2010 as an S10 swimmer allowing her to take part in international competitions, winning medals at paralympic, world and European levels. At Rio 2016, Alice competed in five events taking Gold in the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay and an Individual Bronze medal in the Women's S10 100m Backstroke.

"Swimming has opened up so many opportunities for me to compete and travel the world, thanks to the efforts of my parents to get me swimming when I was only six. As we lived so close to the sea, they wanted to make sure I was safe in the water. I loved the being in the water and didn't feel at a disadvantage at all. To be able to go on to compete on the world stage doing something I love is a massive bonus – and if more public facilities like this can get more people into the water, then I think that's just brilliant."

Tags: BH Live, swimming

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