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Weymouth Is Waves Ahead For Swimming


7:41am 22nd January 2014

Weymouth's waves ahead when it comes to how many of you are swimming in the town.

Diabetes UK revealed a new league table that has Weymouth in the top 5 for the most adults swimming regularly in the whole of England.

According to the table, based on Sport England data, 10.4% of adults in our seaside town are swimming every week.

Weymouth Swim Coach Kate Mason has swum the channel and completed a gruelling ironman too. She coaches the WeyPort Masters Club and told Wessex FM the latest swim table is great news;

"For us as a small town we've got great facilities here. I think swimming is a great total body exercise that can be done by most people. Particularly where we live we have youngsters who need to learn how to swim safely so they're safe by the seaside, plus we have lots of competitive clubs in the area."

Weymouth came in at number four, narrowly beaten by Richmond upon Thames which came in third with 10.7 % of adults donning their swim hats and goggles for a weekly dip. Mid Sussex (11%) was second and claiming the top prize was Lakeland (11.5%).

In last place was the channel swim start point, Dover.

Diabetes UK has published the league table to launch its Swim 22 challenge, a channel swim pool challenge where participants swim 22 miles (the distance across the English Channel) at their local pool.

The challenge will take place between 22 February and 22 May 2014 and Diabetes UK hopes it will encourage more people to take up swimming as well as raise funds.

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