11:05AM, Thursday 17 September 2020
Photo Credit: Paul Lloyd
Maidenhead Marlins Swimming club members were able to test the waters at Braywick Leisure Centre after resuming their training sessions at the new facility on Saturday.
Members were finally able to swim some lengths in the new pool after seeing their training programme impacted by the closure of the Magnet Leisure Centre and COVID-19 restrictions.
Long serving swimmers and competition winners, chosen by head coach Paul Lloyd, were also some of the first to dip their toes in the water last week.
“The whole facility is just amazing for the competitive swimming community as well as the wider community of Maidenhead. I’m sure everyone will be thoroughly pleased with it,” said Lloyd.
“On Thursday, we were kindly given an early invite to Braywick. We took a group of our swimmers, who had won competitions that we ran through the lockdown period, and our longest serving members to have one of the very first swims at the new centre.
“That was a really great evening to get us started. Then, on Saturday morning we returned to our normal training sessions. Seeing all the swimmers again was really uplifting.
“Overall, it’s a safe environment that we’ve managed to pull together for them and we’re all happy to be back.”
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