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Olympic star inspires young Angus swimmers

Decorated athlete Duncan Scott celebrates ‘Generation Swim’ in Forfar

YOUNG swimmers in Angus have taken part in a once-in-a-lifetime swim class with Olympic, World &
Commonwealth Champion, Duncan Scott.

The swim star made waves with 116 local swimmers yesterday (22 March) at ANGUSalive in Forfar to
celebrate the crucial work undertaken to provide a quality swimming programme, as part of the
National Learn to Swim Framework – a partnership between Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water.

The event not only left the next generation inspired, it also gave passionate swimming teachers the
chance to teach alongside one of the sport’s greats, joining Duncan to teach vital life skills such as
floating and treading water, as well as sharing top tips on a variety of swimming strokes.

Duncan Scott said: “ANGUSalive has done an excellent job in harnessing the amazing enthusiasm
that Scottish children have for swimming and how important it is as a skill for them to learn.

“It was great to get to know some of the brilliant young swimmers in Angus and see lots of happy
faces as these youngsters developed their skills in the pool with their friends.

“It is so important that children across all our communities get the opportunity to jump into the pool
at a young age.

“The Learn to Swim Framework plays an absolutely crucial role in ensuring young people around the
country are not only learning to swim in an enjoyable, fun atmosphere but that they learn a vital life
skill and become safe, competent swimmers.”

The swimming superstar added celebrity excitement to the event at ANGUSalive, which is one of 37
aquatic providers delivering the Learn to Swim scheme. The event came at a poignant time for
ANGUSalive, which is in the midst of a major recruitment drive to fill swimming teacher vacancies.

Duncan Scott is joined in his ambassadorship for Learn to Swim by World Champion and Paralympic
medallist Toni Shaw. Having such prominent athletes spearheading Scottish Swimming and Scottish
Water’s initiative has inspired more than 2550 children in Angus to get in the pool and increase their

As part of its commitment to helping children learn to swim, ANGUSalive began providing the Learn
to Swim programme during the Covid pandemic. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength  working closely with children to keep fit and healthy and make new friends, while stressing the importance of water safety.

Gail Mallarkey, Children and Families Physical Activity Lead at ANGUSalive said: “It was a pleasure to
welcome such an excellent role model like Duncan Scott to ANGUSalive. His presence and brilliant
attitude around the children inspired so many swimmers and showcased the importance of being
safe and having fun in the water.”

The success of ANGUSalive has been showcased as an example of the positive impacts the Learn to
Swim Framework can have on young swimmers across the country.

Euan Lowe, CEO of Scottish Swimming, said: “It is a priority to get children comfortable and safe in
the water. The more familiar they are with the aquatic environment the better. We hope that having
Duncan leading from the front will inspire the next generation to embrace opportunities in the
water, whether that includes swimming competitively or just enjoying water-based exercise in their
daily lives.

“We are very excited that youngsters in Angus got the opportunity to learn alongside one of the
country’s best ever swimmers, as we keep pushing to get more children in the pool in communities
across Scotland.”

The National Learn to Swim Framework has already provided lessons to more than 100,000 children
and aims to reach another 100,000 by 2025.

Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs with Scottish Water, said: “We want children and young
people to enjoy Scotland’s swimming pools and miles of coastline, lochs, and rivers safely. Participating in the Learn to Swim programme gives them the perfect start for doing so.

“Duncan and Toni’s involvement in the programme which supports children across Scotland’s
communities demonstrates the importance of water safety and enjoyment to the lives of all people
in Scotland, as we seek to keep driving participation as far as possible.”

Learn to Swim is a National Framework committed to creating supportive and quality environments
in which children can learn to swim regardless of their age, ability, or skill level. It aims to develop
competent swimmers, as well as encouraging youngsters to adopt a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle
with sport and fun at its heart.

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About Scottish Swimming  Scottish Swimming is the national governing body for swimming and aquatics in Scotland. Scottish Swimming represents our clubs, swim schools, aquatic disciplines, athletes, teachers and thousands of talented and committed volunteers across the entire swimmer pathway. We are focused on delivering in the following key areas to reach our vision to ensure that everyone can swim: More Swimmers; Stronger Clubs; Supporting Athletes; Active Communities Further info at   About Scottish Water Scottish Water provides vital water and waste water services, essential to daily life, to over 2.6 million households and more than 150,000 business premises across Scotland.  At the heart of our business is everyone who lives and works in communities across Scotland. Every day we deliver 1.52 billion litres of clear, fresh drinking water – enough to fill over 605 Olympic swimming pools. We also take away and treat 1.10 billion litres of waste water and help protect the environment across Scotland – every day of the year.  More at About ANGUSalive The charity ANGUSalive is the culture, sport and leisure trust for the county of Angus and has been operating since 1 December 2015. ANGUSalive offers residents and visitors to Angus a wealth of services which inspire healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices through the use of our sports centres, country

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