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London prepares… British Gas Swimming Championships 2012

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on March 7, 2012

The British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 (Selection Trials) offered a second opportunity to see the aquatic centre up close. Unlike the sold out diving test event in February, tickets for the swimming trials were still available the week before. I snapped up a ticket for one of the morning heats and enjoyed the chance to see the aquatic centre in a different configuration.

The interior presented a stunning and intimate view, though it took a few moments to adjust to the somewhat tropical environment. Admittedly, I was a little overdressed wearing a shirt and tie ready for an afternoon at work! I soon found my seat and settled in for an enjoyable couple of hours watching the heats, assisted by a helpful commentary team. The attention to detail and friendly welcome that were the hallmarks of my visit bode well for the main event this summer. It will be interesting to read how the experiences of those attending the Olympics compare to these test events, and even more fascinating to see this venue in in its post-games guise.