A SWIMMING club in Maidenhead has seen dozens of parents asking their children to start lessons since Tom Dean became a two-time Olympic gold champion.
Members of the Maidenhead Marlins Swimming Club committee told the Windsor Observer how Tom Dean inspired many people, young and old, to take up swimming during the Tokyo Games.
Rob El-Hawary, a member of the club’s lifeguards committee, said: “This will inspire a whole new generation of swimmers. Every Olympic year usually does, but for Tom and Maidenhead and the whole of the UK it does. will certainly inspire a new generation of swimmers.
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“The club where we are where Tom started, we are already seeing a lot, a lot of requests for new swimmers to start. So far last week over 30 are between eight and 12 years old.”
Chris Ashford, who is also a member of the committee, added: “People will have the opportunity to hear about the club and we have a masters program which is for anyone over the age of 18 who is not participating. at the competition. We will have more swimmers indefinitely. ”
Maidenhead Marlins is based at the Braywick Leisure Center and is home to the very spot where Tom Dean began his Olympic career.
He joined the club at the age of eight and joined the team of coach Paul Lloyd at the age of 11.
The swimmer has been described by Mr. Lloyd as a “focused and determined young man with a great deal of natural talent”.
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He said: “He joined the club around the age of eight and joined my team around 11, about to turn 12.
“He was a very focused and determined young man with a lot of natural talent.
“Then it was a meandering journey, with motivational ups and downs throughout his teenage years. But we managed to support him and keep him focused.
“He’s always been a runner and always very, very determined. ”
And after winning two gold medals in Tokyo, the Maidenhead swimmer has become an inspiration to many in the community.