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Involvement in one of the UK’s largest open water swimming events has grown year on year at RHS and there are currently fifty pupils training hard for the 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 2 mile races at neighbouring Alton Water Reservoir on 22 June.

2012 Swimmer, Great East Swim

Emily Davidson-Brett, Great East Swim 2012

The pupils, aged between 11 and 18 years, are being trained by expert swimming coach, Emma Cook, in two special sessions per week. Emma, who has herself taken part in the event said: “Pupils at the Royal Hospital School tend to be a pretty determined ‘bunch’ and in the past RHS have competed and won best team and top times in their age groups. After the Easter Holidays I am hoping that the weather improves and water temperatures rise so that we can practise in open water at Maldon Tri-Club. We have a strong squad of swimmers this year so I am expecting some excellent times and personal achievements”.