Little Olympics Success for Sheffield’s Young Swimmers

A swimming gala for Sheffield’s young swimmers at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre saw a fun filled morning of swimming, smiles and a super amount of medals!

Little Olympics is a swimming gala organised by the City of Sheffield Swim Squad, South Yorkshire’s premier competitive swimming club, for all the local swimming squads on Learn to Swim programmes in the area. It took place on Sunday 9th January and swimmers aged between seven and ten years took part in varied distance events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle swimming.  


Sandra Warner, Assistant Aquatics Manager for Sheffield City Trust said: “This year’s Little Olympics saw over 150 swimmers participate and it is a fantastic way for them to experience a swimming gala atmosphere, build their confidence and showcase what they have learnt in their lessons.


“We had children taking part from all six of our leisure venues that host the Learn to Swim programme and they brought home nearly 40 medals!”

Rachel Jones, Operations Director at City of Sheffield Swim Squad said: “This event is an excellent opportunity for young children in lesson programmes across the city to gain their first competitive experience and be able to race at Ponds Forge.


“It is also the beginning of many swimmers’ competitive journey as the City of Sheffield Swim Squad coaches attend the event to talent spot potential young swimmers.”


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