Olympic Silver medallist and two-time world open water swimming champion Keri-anne Payne was in Ipswich yesterday (Monday, February 8) to launch the 2016 Great East swim.
The popular open water-swimming event will be back for the eighth year at Alton Water Reservoir on Saturday, June 18.
More than two thousand people of all ages and abilities regularly take the plunge at the Great East swim, which offers everyone the opportunity to take part - from first timers, to veteran open water aficionados.
Distances range from a 250m kids swim right up to the new marathon 10k swim, which will be staged for the first time this year.
Keri-anne said: “It’s fantastic to be here in Ipswich to launch the Great East Swim.
“I’ve taken part in many Great Swim events over the years and they always a brilliant experience.
“I hope we can encourage even more people in Suffolk to get involved this year, so whether you’re looking to get fit, complete a personal challenge, or to raise some money for a cause close to your heart, sign up today.”
Payne met representatives from two local charities who are encouraging people to take part in the event to fundraise on their behalf.
The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), is an emergency medical charity that provides specially trained volunteer doctors and paramedics to assist at the scenes of serious incidents.
Dream On helps women make their lives work better by improving confidence and building new skills.
Entries to the event are open now, for more information to get involved please visit greatswim.org/east
Possible participants are being urged to register for the Great East swim training programme, taking place at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Hadleigh, and Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, between March and June.
Those interested should call Sarah Tait, programme co-ordinator on 07955 735514 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org