ONE of Britain’s most successful swimmers will make a splash at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre next week as she shows people how to get fit in the water.
Karen Pickering won an impressive haul of medals during her competitive career between 1986 and 2005.
Now swimming fans are being given the chance to take to the water with Karen and learn how taking the plunge can make all the difference to their health and fitness.
Staff at the Lagoon pool are preparing for Karen’s visit on Wednesday, December 10, when she will demonstrate the Zogg’s Swim 4 Fitness Programme.
And 12 members of the public are getting the chance to come to the pool between 2pm and 3.30pm so they can swim with the former champ and learn first hand how to stay fit with swimming.
Those taking part in this Swim 4 Fitness programme demonstration have to be over 16 and able to swim 20 metres using the front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.
The first 12 people to register at the Lagoon for the unique fitness coaching session will get the chance to swim with Karen on December 10.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, which is the management trust that runs sports and leisure centres locally, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to get a fitness lesson in the swimming pool from one of Britain’s most successful swimmers.
“In the morning of Karen’s visit, our staff will be shown how to coach the Swim 4 Fitness programme and, in the afternoon, members of the public can get their own lessons from Karen.
“People might not realise how to swim for fitness as it’s not just a case of ploughing your way up and down a swimming pool doing length after length at the same pace using the same stroke.
“You can get a fantastic all-round fitness programme by swimming using different strokes, going at a different pace and varying the intensity of your swimming.
“We’re all looking forward to Karen’s visit and it’s a real coup for the Lagoon to have someone of her stature coming to demonstrate the Swim 4 Fitness programme.”
Karen is a four-time World Champion and won 14 European Championship medals, 38 British Championship titles and 13 Commonwealth Games medals, including four golds.