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Fire Service to host National Swimming Championships

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Fire Service to host National Swimming Championships

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service are proud to be hosting a prestigious swimming event in Worcester later this month.

The Fire Service Sports and Athletics Association (FSSAA) National Swimming Championships will be held at Worcester Swimming Pool in Sansome Walk, Worcester on Saturday 26 June.

The competition is the premiere annual event in the Fire Service swimming calendar, typically attracting up to 150 swimmers from Fire and Rescue Services around the UK.

The Championships include Open and Masters events for both men and women.

The competition will start at 10am on the Saturday morning and is expected to last until around 4pm. Those attending will then travel the short distance from Worcester Swimming Pool across to Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Headquarters, off Charles Hastings Way, for a post-competition reception and the medal ceremony.

James Bainbridge, Watch Manager at Training and Development Centre, based at Droitwich Fire Station, has been involved in the organisation of the event and will be swimming himself. He explained: “This has been a fantastic competition over recent years and we are proud to be hosting the event on 26 June.

“The quality of the swimming is always very high and we hope that local people will come along to the pool to support the event and encourage those participating.”

Spectators will be admitted free of charge to the event.

The FSSAA National Swimming Championships are run with assistance from the National Swimming Section and their representative Samantha Morris, from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, added: “This is a great opportunity for Fire and Rescue services from all over the country to compete against each other, but also to get together and meet other people from the Service. It is a pleasure to organise and be part of such a successful competition. The Fire service is full of talented sports people and it is fantastic to maintain and develop the competitive edge that firefighters have.”