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Ladies who swim – Helen

POSTED Wednesday 29 March 2017

In celebration of Women’s History Month, throughout March, we’ll be talking to women from different areas of sport and fitness in our #ladieswho series.

This week’s series is on #LadiesWhoSwim. We talk to two amazing ladies who’ve fallen in love with swimming and find out what makes them keep taking the plunge.


Helen Kingston



Day job

Aquatics Officer at University of Birmingham

How I started swimming

I started swimming at a young age and swam competitively from the age of nine. I swam for my county championships where my event was the 100m breaststroke. At the age of 14 I started to play water polo and now my love for water based activities has lead me to my ideal job!

I teach swimming and I cannot stay away from the swimming pool!  I have passed my love for swimming on to my children and as well as them attending their swimming lessons, we all go swimming as a family at least once a week. I get my lengths in one to two times a week too.

Why I love it

I find swimming peaceful (if it’s without the family) as it’s a chance for a bit of me time!

With the family, swimming is a great activity to do together and an opportunity to for some quality time.

Top tip for new swimmers

Check the timetable at the your local swimming pool to see if it is set up for lanes, general swim or family fun sessions before you set out for your swim and speak to the pool’s Aquatics Officer about the different sessions on offer.


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