Olympic celebrations started early in Edinburgh – Race to Rio


Olympic celebrations started early in Edinburgh as Total Swimming Academies held a ‘Race to Rio’ event across 2 venues, Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools and the Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel. With over 150 children taking part in the fun!

Total Swimming Academies Learn To Swim Programme, directed by Olympian Steve Parry, teaches over 3000 children to swim every week.

The purpose of the day was to get children and parents alike excited about the Olympics, feel the atmosphere and put the fun into swimming. A range of activities along with relay races were organised so children of all ages and abilities could get involved in the fun.

Current World Champion, Robbie Renwick was the VIP guest at the event and he was a massive hit. Robbie even brought in his World Championship gold medal, which the children were very excited about.

Having Robbie at Total Swimming’s event was great as he shares in our vision of getting all children to learn to swim by the time they leave primary school. Robbie spent a lot of time splashing about in the pool and having fun with all those took part in the day and helped to ensure everyone left inspired, motivated and with a memorable experience they will never forget!

Here are his thoughts on the day itself:

“I had a great day with Total Swimming Academies on Sunday. It was great to see the Learn To Swim programme, directed by fellow Olympian Steve Parry, at ESMS and Dalmahoy offering their customers such a unique and exciting event through relays and racing creating a great atmosphere. Everyone really enjoyed the day and hopefully the children left inspired and motivated.

Adding these extra opportunities in swimming is great to keep children involved and enjoying the sport whilst learning a life skill, so Total Swimming sure made a great impression in teaching children to swim.

Everyone left the event with a smile, regardless of age and hopefully had a great day – I know I did.”

Everyone at Total Swimming Academies would just like to thank those who came along to the event, and below is a link to all of the photos that were taken throughout the day, there were some fantastic photos!

Click here for all of the pictures from the day: PICTURES

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