Swimmer Chris dives into academy venture

Swimmer Chris dives into academy venture

MAKING A SPLASH: Chris Cook has launched Swim Buddies

IN ACTION: Swimmer Chris Cook pictured representing Great Britain

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A RECORD-BREAKING Olympian is hoping a new swimming academy will make a real splash.

Chris Cook has launched Swim Buddies, which will cater for youngsters between four and 11-years-old.

The academy is based at The Education Village, in Darlington.

However, bosses say they hope to expand across County Durham and the Tees Valley in the next 12 months, creating a number of teaching jobs.

Mr Cook, who lives in Yarm, near Stockton, swam at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and was a double champion at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

He also broke the British and Commonwealth record for the first British man to break 60 seconds in the 100-metre breaststroke in 2008, and said he hopes Swim Buddies can inspire the next generation.

Mr Cook, Swim Buddies’ director and ambassador, said: “One of my favourite memories was learning to swim and a fun introduction to any sport is vital.

“The academy is our opportunity to give the best experience we can, and we will tailor sessions to target skills for every swimmer.”

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