Team GB Paralympic swimmers learn to surf at Croyde
Did any of you guys staying at our holiday parks spend the day surfing the famous waves of Croyde last week? I bet you didn’t even realise you could have been sharing the surf with some Team GB Paralympic medallists?!
That’s right...GB’s Paralympic swimmers were in Devon recently enjoying a bit of a team jolly, while mixing up their training ahead of Rio 2016.
OK, so an autumn day in the Atlantic Ocean might be a bit different to a lukewarm indoor pool in Rio de Janeiro, but it’s hoped the variation in training will help Team GB secure even more Paralympic swimming medals during next year’s event.
Rob Aubry, British Para-Swimming Coach, felt it would benefit the team to get away from the pool and spend a few days learning to surf. He said: "At the very beginning of the season we thought it was important to mix it up with the athletes a bit.”
“It's a long season running into Rio so we decided to come down surfing and give the athletes something different to do something that they can compare their sport to with another sport and really challenge them in this environment."
Joining national treasure Ellie Simmonds amongst the surf was Alice Tai and Tully Kearney, two swimmers of which big things are expected at Rio 2016 – watch out for them!
GB’s Paralympic swimmers chalked up an impressive total of seven gold medals at London 2012, and if that number improves next year, you’d expect North Devon to secure a permanent fixture in the training calendar.
I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled while out and about from our UK holiday parks now!