Dozens of people will take part in the British Blind Sport national youth swimming gala

Dozens of visually impaired youngsters are set to take part in British Blind Sport’s National Youth Swim Gala this weekend.

A number of fun and competitive activities will be held at the Tudor Grange Leisure Center in Solihull between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday 5th March.

The National Youth Swim Gala is British Blind Sport’s ‘flagship event’ and is run in partnership with Swim England.

It offers a ‘fantastic opportunity’ for young people with visual impairments to compete in competitive 25, 50 and 100m races and also enjoy a number of fun events including British Blind Sport’s famous team relay .

Held for over 20 years, there will also be a masterclass held by a Swim England diving coach.

The event provides an opportunity to increase the participation of blind and visually impaired children in swimming and link them to clubs, as well as other opportunities in sport.

Important event

Philippa Bass, Head of Attendance for British Blind Sport, said: “The National Youth Swimming Gala is an important event for our young members.

“It allows participants of all abilities to develop their skills, compete and socialize with others who share similar life experiences, and ultimately become better competitors.

“The event is also a great way for those taking their first steps in physical activity to make new friends and experience swimming in a safe and welcoming environment.

“We get such positive feedback from our swim gala, and we love seeing the difference that just one event can make in the lives of young people.”

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport, said: “The Swim Gala is our flagship event and a day where we can interact with our young service users and see how they thrive through physical activity.

“We are thrilled to be able to return to the pool after last year’s virtual event to encourage more young blind and visually impaired children to participate in swimming and return to competitive sport.”

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