Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Learn to Swim Ambassadors Welcome being Back to the Water “It is fantastic to be able to take these early steps towards a return for our sport and see the athletes back training again. We are continuing to work collaboratively with sportscotland, the Scottish Government and Community Leisure Scotland to support Leisure Trusts and aquatic providers in their efforts to deliver a safe return to the pool and get swimmers of all abilities back to the water." Scotland’s performance swimmers and Learn to Swim Ambassadors are delighted to be back training at the National Swimming Academy based at the University of Stirling. These first steps towards getting “Back to the Water” and a return to aquatics have been welcomed by Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water Learn to Swim Ambassadors Duncan Scott and Toni Shaw who have their sights firmly set on the Olympics and Paralympics next summer. Duncan commented: “It’s been great to be back in the water again after such a long break and it’s a real positive step towards a gradual return for our sport.” “Fortunately, like so many others, I’ve been lucky enough to have the continued support from the Institute of Sport through lockdown, whether that is the Workout of the Day sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday getting as many people involved, or the gym sessions on the other days. The Institute has provided constant contact allowing us to have a routine.” Toni commented: “It was strange at first being back in the pool but a really welcome change after lockdown and it’s great to have had the support from Scottish Swimming, the University of Stirling and the Institute of Sport to get us swimming again and back training, focussing on our goals for 2021.” Euan Lowe, CEO of Scottish Swimming said “It is fantastic to have been able to take these early steps towards a return for our sport and see the athletes back training again. We thank the University of Stirling, sportscotland and British Swimming for their support in making this happen. We are continuing to work collaboratively with sportscotland, the Scottish Government and Community Leisure Scotland to support Leisure Trusts and aquatic providers in their efforts to deliver a safe return to the pool and get swimmers of all abilities back to the water.” Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at the sportscotland institute of sport “It’s fantastic to see the swimmers back in the pool. We know this has been a very challenging time for them, a time when they should have been working hard towards events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games, that are the pinnacle of their careers. We have worked closely with our partners at Scottish Swimming and Stirling University to get the swimmers back in the pool as soon as it was safe to do so, and we are looking forward to more performance centres opening up in the coming weeks.” We look forward to playing our part and continue progress towards opening more pools for performance swimmers - important steps to help guide getting 'Back to the Water' for swimmers at all levels of the sport. For more information about this article please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.