UK Swimming

Summer Surge In 'Tombstoning' Craze That Claims Two Lives A Year

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK

Young people who jump from high bridges and harbour walls into water unsupervised are dicing with death, council bosses have warned. The Local Gover...

The First Ever Child To Go For A Swim Ventilated

The Huffington Post | Beau Atherton | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK Parents

Debbie Vavangas and Elliot Nolan were able to take their daughter, Evelyn Rose, for a swim on 17 August, despite what was thought possible. The follow...

These 9 Badass Women Totally Rocked The Burkini

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Style

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you might have missed the outrage going on about women’s beach attire on the other side...

7 Details Puzzling Judges In The Olympic Swimmers Robbery Case

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK

A bizarre case is unfolding at the Rio Olympics as police raise doubts over the stories of four US swimmers who claimed they were robbed at gunpoint n...

This Leisure Centre Told Women They Couldn't Swim On Their Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman called out her local leisure centre over a “misogynistic” sign telling women not to go in the pool while on their period. Sophie Tabatadze...

Syrian Refugee Swimmer Gets Standing Ovation

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK

A Syrian refugee who fled by dinghy has spoken of a “dream come true” after receiving a standing ovation at Rio 2016 when setting a personal best ...

My Olympic Story

Rebecca Adlington | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Sport
Rebecca Adlington

The Olympics are the top thing that any athlete can achieve - every single person who is there is at the top of their game. You see David Beckham and Andy Murray walking around the village and it's incredible. No matter if you have a World or a Commonwealth medal, until you have that Olympic medal people don't say that's seriously impressive. Everyone recognises it, whether you're in sport or not. I felt very privileged to put on a team GB uniform, I felt like I had been given a responsibility - like I have to wear this with pride and it was a very big deal for me.

Forget Helen Skelton’s Dress, Mark Foster’s ‘Short Shorts' Have Created Their Own Frenzy

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK

Social media users could hardly believe their eyes on Saturday night when former Olympian Mark Foster appeared in a pair of shorts while presenting th...

How To Get Fit From Swimming Like Adam Peaty

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Ok, slight disclaimer: this feature isn’t going to turn you into gold medal-winning Olympian Adam Peaty. But, Peaty’s win does highlight the wond...

Adam Peaty Blasts His Way To Britain’s First Olympic Gold

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK

Adam Peaty has blasted his way to Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio - smashing the world record in the process and giving early risers in th...

Adam Peaty Smashes World Record, Still Has Enough Breath To Urge On The Next Generation

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK

Rather than just do enough to win his first 100m breaststroke heat and keep some energy in reserve for later, Adam Peaty decided he would smash the wo...

Sinkholes and Pyramids - Casa Sisal, Acanceh, Mexico

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

21st century modernism, ancient pyramids, magical sinkholes, and firefly lullabies. That was the enchanting mix that awaited us in Yucatan.... Casa ...

Sporting Injury? 5 Sports And Activities That Could Aid Recovery

Georgia James | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Sports injuries offer a double blow to athletes and active types: if the physical discomfort itself wasn’t bad enough, there are all those lost hour...

How To Pull Off A Swimsuit Outfit In Public

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Style

Although the British weather would have us believe we are going into October, it is in fact July - something which should be embraced by wearing as li...

Woman Claims Swimming Cured Her Ulcerative Colitis

PA Real Life Features | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who was struck down by a terrible digestive condition has told of how she believes swimming helped cure her. Doctors told Jane Hatwell, 44, to...

Head Above Water...

Helen Morton | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK
Helen Morton

Every day, at high tide, the village of Nonua Chora floods. The water rises rapidly; to the knees of the adults, and the necks of the children. The challenge of keeping your head above the water, in every sense of the term, is all too real for the families of Southern Bangladesh.

Pining for Passive Aggression: A Brit in the USA

Rosie Ferguson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Ferguson

I'm currently travelling from Seattle to New York by bus and experiencing the best and the worst of American culture. It is surprising what you miss when you are away from home and it isn't always the comforts you expect it to be. What hit me this week is that being in the USA makes me miss passive aggression: I've come to realise what a core fundamental it is in British culture.

This Maine Coon Cat Has Helped Her Autistic Owner Learn To Speak And Swim

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

A Maine Coon cat named Thula is gently coaxing an Autistic girl out of her world of silence. Iris Grace Halmshaw was diagnosed with severe Autism in 2...

Wearing a Swimming Hat Can Make a Big Difference

Simon Stevens | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

While I vaguely remember having to wear a swimming hat at Primary School, I did not start wearing a swimming hat until I was 18 when I started swimming competitively. After trying the cheap thin and terribly uncomfortable latex ones, I quickly moved to more expensive, thicker and more comfortable silicone ones.

Emotional Moment Girl Swims First Race After Losing Her Arm

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents

An eight-year-old girl who lost her arm in a dog attack moved people to tears during her first swimming race since the incident. Thalia Standley ha...

Kids Should Be Swimming for Their Lives

Emily Cleary | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Cleary

It's a scary fact that more than half the parents in the UK don't think their child could swim to safety in open water if they were in trouble. And yet swimming seems way down on the list of priorities of most schools, and a fair few parents too.

Taking Your Children Swimming Should Be an Olympic Sport

Andrew Robinson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When mummy tells you we are taking baby and niece swimming, a sudden sense of worry...no hang on a minute, a sense of, "I don't even like swimming; I'm afraid of my head being submerged under a pool of urine infested water", follows.

Relentless Openness, Emotional Expansion and Embracing Chaos

Roberta Verdant | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I've been trying to remember to breathe. Not just breathe (which obviously is a given) but breathe deeply and well. When we're frightened, some part of us believes we may die and so we respond with shallow inhalation and exhalation; holding on to our breath.

Silly Outfits, Serious Fun and Accepting the Role of 'Swimming Ambassador'

Rebecca Adlington | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Sport
Rebecca Adlington

It's not every day I do breakfast TV interviews dressed up in a Victorian swimming costume and straw hat. But it's certainly a great way to attract attention to the need for more school swimming lessons and to raise awareness of how important it is for every child to learn to swim at least 25 metres before they leave primary school - a subject really close to my heart...

Swimming With Sharks - Who Wants to Join Me?

Catherine Capon | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Catherine Capon

Photographs by Joe Platko Before this year, I had never (knowingly) shared the water with a shark. In fact, I will admit that I was one of those peop...