- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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Swansea two local Labour Assembly Members Julie James and Mike Hedges have today welcomed the news that the Swansea based Wales National Pool is set to become the first official home of elite and performance swimming in Wales.
The announcement to base the new Welsh Swimming National Performance Centre in Swansea was made earlier this week by Swim Wales, following a funding agreement with British Swimming, Sport Wales and the Welsh Government.
The creation of a hub for elite and performance swimming in Wales will also include coaching and training support in the field of disability swimming, and has seen well known coach Billy Pye join the coaching team. As well as the elite squads, the Welsh Swimming National Performance Centre will also be the home to Swansea University Swimming and the City of Swansea Aquatics.
Speaking on the announcement, Swansea West AM Julie James said:
“This is really exciting news for Swansea. Our National Pool has a strong and proven track record of delivering high performing and internationally recognised swimmers at all levels of sporting and aquatic events. This opportunity will also give us a chance to build on the National Pool’s reputation and status as a medal winning hub in the field of performance swimming.”
Swansea East AM Mike Hedges added:
“The decision to base the new Welsh Swimming National Performance Centre in Swansea is a vote of confidence in our City and is good news for our talented Welsh swimmers, who will now go on to benefit from the very best training and coaching advice the sport has to offer. I’ve no doubt that the centre will contribute to the successes of Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic medals winners in the near future!”