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On Saturday 22 June, 45 pupils from the Royal Hospital School will take to the water in the Great East Swim at neighbouring Alton Water reservoir. This annual event attracts around 3,000 swimmers and involves either a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5k open water swim. The participants start in waves of 300 every half an hour to ensure a smoothly run event with the highest safety possible.

The pupils taking part have been training hard in the build up to the Great East Swim and are nearly ready to take on this personal challenge. On the day before the race two-time Olympic medallist, David Davies, will be giving them a master-class in the School pool providing some useful tips on distance and open water swimming.

David Davies is a Welsh Commonwealth Games and Olympic distance swimmer. Born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Davies swam for Wales at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and represented Great Britain at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the 1500m freestyle (Bronze Medallist) and at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 1500m freestyle and the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim (Silver Medallist). He held the British Records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle (Silver Medallist in 2008 European Championships). He also represented Great Britain again in the 1500m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

David Davies

David Davies


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RHS pupil, Emily Davidson-Brett, Great East Swim 2012

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Good luck to all the RHS pupils who will be participating in this challenging swim. For more information about the Great East Swim please visit their website.

Henry Ager Year 10 Collingwood
William Anstey Year 11 St. Vincent
Rebecca Anstey Year 13 Nelson
Peter Ash Year 11 St. Vincent
Richard Branch Year 13 Nelson
Laura Brown Year 13 Nelson
Matthew Brown Year 11 St. Vincent
Sean Burgess Year 12 Raleigh
Georgina Cheng Year 13 Nelson
Adam Clough Year 9 Raleigh
Alexa Cox Year 12 Raleigh
Joe Curtis Year 10 Anson
Emily Davidson-Brett Year 12 Hood
Beth Davies Year 12 Cornwallis
Verity Evans Year 13 Nelson
Charlie Ewen Year 9 Collingwood
Will Falk Year 10 Collingwood
Cameron Farrie Year 11 Collingwood
Daniel Finding Year 11 Anson
Victoria Foreman Year 11 Howe
Harry Fosker Year 7 Drake
Jamie Fosker Year 9 Raleigh
Florence Gould Year 13 Nelson
Flo Hales Year 12 Hood
Emily Hassall Year 13 Nelson
Charlotte Heley Year 10 Hood
Tom Heley Year 9 St. Vincent
Adonia Hirst Year 11 Howe
Tom Joice Year 9 Collingwood
Harry Jones Year 8 Drake
Tori Jones Year 12 Cornwallis
Sarah Laurie Year 13 Nelson
Georgina Moore Year 13 Nelson
Arabella Murrison Year 11 Hood
Phillipa Murrison Year 10 Hood
Sarah Murrison Year 10 Hood
Andrew Ponsonby Year 11 Collingwood
Elizabeth Ponsonby Year 13 Nelson
Oscar Rowe Year 10 Collingwood
Jack Smith Year 10 Anson
Nathan Southerton Year 11 Collingwood
Rebecca Taylor Year 12 Cornwallis
Charlie Tedora Year 10 Collingwood
George Venables Year 11 Collingwood
Alice Vickers Year 10 Hood