Olympic silver medallist and two-time world 10 km open water swimming champion Keri Anne Payne hosted two free swimming masterclasses at Olympia Leisure Centre, Belfast to some very excited swimmers.The swimmers could hardly believe they were having a masterclass in technique and breathing from a former Olympic medallist and double world champ!

 

The class included three hours of exclusive swim coaching, including pool-based practical training and classroom focused theoretical coaching. Keri Ann also shared her Olympic experiences, offered advice on healthy eating, insights into overcoming setbacks and how to achieve swimming potential.

The event was used to launch Better’s new Swim Doctor Programme, which will run at selected Better-operated leisure centres across Belfast. Swim Doctor offers free pool-based personal training for adult swimmers. It includes a bespoke swimming programme for each swimmer, guidance on technique and strength, regular progress reviews and goal setting.

Keri Anne Payne says: “I'm a passionate advocate of swimming for fitness and wellbeing, it's an exciting and rewarding sport that people of any age and any ability can enjoy and should join in with.

“I know there are a huge range of people who take part for many different reasons, whether it’s to get fitter, complete a personal challenge, or work towards a swimming event. I'm hoping we can encourage even more people to get involved and experience the joy of using swimming as a tool for fitness themselves.”