VIDEO: Olympian Duncan Goodhew urges South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire folk to sign up for Swimathon

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An Olympic gold medallist dived into the deep end in North Derbyshire to promote Swimathon 2015.

Swimmer Duncan Goodhew visited Hathersage Pool to inspire locals to take the plunge next month in aid of cancer charity Marie Curie.

Swimming legend Duncan Goodhew at Hathersage's outdoor pool.

Swimming legend Duncan Goodhew at Hathersage's outdoor pool.

The Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that encourages people to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool to raise sponsorship.

Swimathon president Mr Goodhew, who triumphed at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, said: “Swimathon provides motivation and a personal challenge to swimmers nationwide. It also offers a goal to train for, a target to achieve and a great cause to support.”

During his Hathersage visit, Mr Goodhew met local Swimathon participants including a group of additional needs students from Hope Valley College, who have entered two teams for the 1.5k team challenge.

He then fielded questions during a Q and A session and gave some one-to-one teaching sessions in the water to demonstrate to participants how to improve their techniques and performance.

Swimming legend Duncan Goodhew meets some of the hardy regulars at Hathersage's outdoor pool

Swimming legend Duncan Goodhew meets some of the hardy regulars at Hathersage's outdoor pool

Swimmer Rhiannon Roach said: “I had lots of fun and it is a privilege to be able to say that I have had a swimming lesson from an Olympic gold medallist.”

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