Suffolk primary school pupils took part in a master class with 2012 Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, to make waves ahead of the Great East Swim, which takes place this weekend.

The pupils, from Ipswich High School and Holbrook Primary School, took part in the Great East Swim Schools Challenge in Woolverstone on Friday (16 JUN) to compete on who could swim the furthest ahead of Suffolk's biggest open water swimming event.

Each class aimed to create the Great East Swim indoors, by attempting to swim as far as they could in the pool in a set time.

The children also had the chance to take part in a master class held by Michael Jamieson, who won a silver medal in the 200m-breast stroke at the London Olympics.

Michael helped the pupils perfect their technique in the water and offered hints and tips during a question and answer session.

The event took place ahead of a packed weekend of swimming in Suffolk, with the Great East Swim returning to Alton Water, near Holbrook for the eighth year on Saturday 17 June.

Over 2,000 people will descend on Alton Water to take on a range of distances from a new 250-metre distance for swimmers age eight and above, to the challenging 10k marathon swim.

For the first time, the Great East Swim will also feature the Great SwimRun, an exciting new challenge for teams of two taking on a journey across the beautiful Suffolk countryside, on both land and water.

The event includes a separate 250 metre distance for school children as part of the Great East Swim's School Outreach programme.

Alex Jackson, Director of the Great Swim Series, said: “We're very excited to be back at Alton Water for the Great East Swim for another great day of swimming.

“As event is part of the biggest and most established swim series in the UK, the Great East Swim offers an unparalleled open water event experience.

“Swimming is an important skill and it is something that we also aim to engage people in from an early age.

“Through the Great East Swim community outreach programme we hope to get young people in Suffolk excited about swimming and confident to take on challenges like the Great East Swim in the future.”

The Schools Challenge also forms part of the outreach programme, which is run in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk NORSE, who deliver the county's school swimming programme that aims to engage young children with swimming.

Councillor Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “Suffolk County Council is delighted to be supporting and promoting the Great East Swim and we are looking forward to welcoming all swimmers to our beautiful county.

“An event like this provides a unique opportunity to inspire people to take up more physical activity and lead healthier lifestyles which will contribute directly to our ambition to make Suffolk the most active county.

“The event also promises to provide a boost to local business and the tourism economy creating a real and lasting legacy for the county.”

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