Olympic stars shine at residential park’s gala

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Three top Olympic swimmers made a splash with park home residents in Lancashire this month when they were welcomed as VIP guests at a special swimming gala.

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The gala was the first to be held at the club since it opened three years ago, and saw the three Olympians each captain their own individual teams in a friendly swimming contest.

They were Rebecca Adlington OBE, one of Britain’s best-known female athletes; Stephanie Slater MBE, Paralympic medallist from Rio 2016; and Rob Bale, GB team member from London 2012.

In the event, it was Rebecca’s team which came to be presented by her with a commemorative trophy.

As well as leading Acresfield’s sporting challenge, the Olympic swimmers also took part in a Q&A session with residents and other members of the club.

The pool at Acresfield provides free membership for park residents
The pool at Acresfield provides free membership for park residents

Helping tor Sophie Ward who is herself a former GB youth swimmer and medallist.

“It was a fantastic occasion, and everyone was thrilled to learn more about their achievements,” said Sophie.

“Everyone had been looking forward to join us.

“Swimming is a fantastic activity to enjoy at any time in life, especially later on, and brings a whole range of different benefits, both physical and mental,” added Sophie.

Acresfield Residential Park and Wyre Vale Residential Park are both owned and managed by the Ward family, and are set in tranquil landscaped surroundings not far from Lancaster.

In addition ton, and indoor bowls.

The club’s spa provides three treatment rooms attended by professional practitioners, and there is also a hair studio and a popular bistro for refreshments.

Residents also often meet at the club to attend one of the many social events which are organised by the parks throughout the year.

There is more information about both parks at www.resiparks.co.uk