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Pool renamed in honour of Paralympic swimmers

Posted onPosted on 18th Jun
Pool renamed in honour of Paralympic swimmers

A swimming pool in Mansfield has been renamed in honour of the town’s three most successful Paralympians.

The competition pool in the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex was renamed the Hynd and Henshaw Competition Pool in recognition of the achievements of brothers Sam and Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw.

Former Paralympian and gold medallist Sam, who has now retired from competitive swimming, still holds the world record in the 400m freestyle.

Ollie has won 16 medals, including seven gold, and is the current Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion and European record holder in the SM8 200m individual medley, an event in which he remains unbeaten at a major championship since 2011. He is also the current British record holder and Paralympic and World bronze medallist in the S8 Category 100m backstroke.

Charlotte is the current European record holder for the women’s SB6 100m breaststroke, the Paralympic silver medallist from London 2012, and World Championship silver medallist in 2010 and bronze medallist in 2013. She has been a medallist in every major International Paralympic Committee Swimming Championship since 2009, apart from 2014, when she had to withdraw from the IPC European Championships due to illness.

Ollie and Charlotte are both coached by Mansfield District Council’s Swimming Coach and Development Officer Glenn Smith as part of the Nova Centurion Swimming Club. Sam was also trained by Glenn.

Mayor Kate Allsop, said: “We are delighted to mark the massive contribution that Sam, Ollie and Charlotte have made to swimming in the district. The renaming of the competition pool in honour of their many achievements really puts Mansfield on the map as a centre of excellence for swimming.”

Speaking together, Ollie and Charlotte, said: “It is an honour to have the pool named after the three of us. We hope we can continue to inspire the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic swimmers and keep up Mansfield’s tradition of creating swimming stars.

“We spend a lot of time here so it means a lot to us. We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of Nova, Mansfield District Council and the people of Mansfield so it is fantastic that our achievements have been recognised in this way.”

To mark the occasion, Ollie, Charlotte and their families were joined at the competition pool by Kate Allsop, Coun Andrew Tristram, portfolio holder for the environment; ward councillor Brian Lohan and Coun John Smart, who put forward the motion to rename the pool, and swimming coach Glenn Smith. Sam Hynd was unable to attend.