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5 July 2019 970 Views No comments



We are delighted to announce that Ollie Thorogood, a rising young British Triathlon athlete who’s sport is the Aquathlon, has joined our esteemed list of Honorary Swimology Ambassadors to promote the importance of learning to swim.

Ollie, aged 23 from Aberystwyth in Wales and a Masters graduate student from University of Exeter, represented Great Britain at the 2018 European Aquathlon Championships and the ITU World Aquathlon Championships in Spain recently where he came fourth – he was just 6 seconds away from a medal, but its given him the motivation for the National Championships taking place this September.

Ollie joins us an honorary ambassador for the School of Swimology - ‘Swimology’ is an expression we like to use to articulate the importance of learning to swim as a key life skill.It derives from an old proverb that says you can study all the ‘ologies in the world, but there is none more important than Swimology.

The School of Swimology is an engaging online portal that we’ve designed to recognise and reward young learners’ achievements; from baby swimmers starting out, to older learners who have graduated as Swimologists by reaching key milestones in their swimming lesson programmes.

Ollie said: “I am thrilled to be working with Konfidence and support their aims of recognising young learners’ swimming achievements. Growing up in a coastal town it was essential we learnt how to swim and with family members part of the RNLI lifeboat crew I am all too aware of the dangers that the water can pose.Equally, learning how to swim opens up many exciting and fun opportunities; for me it’s with the sport of Aquathlon and I’m so pleased Konfidence are supporting the next stage of my journey into international competitions as a Team GB representative.”

Max Patey, Konfidence’s Sales Manager who presented Ollie with his Honorary Swimology Badge this month, said: “We are so delighted Ollie has joined us to become an Ambassador for Swimology.”

“Learning how to swim has been at the core of everything we’ve done for the last 20 years since launching our Original Konfidence Swim Jacket. In our anniversary year we wanted to take this one step further with the launch of the School of Swimology,” said Max.“Working with honorary swimming ambassadors like Ollie, and by recognising inspirational swimming teachers and rewarding young learner’s achievements through the School of Swimology, we can together help to raise the importance of learning to swim and the world of opportunities this key life skill opens up.”

Aquathlon is a multi-event sport similar to triathlon (without the cycle leg) and athletes complete an open water swim, followed by a run. Follow Ollie’s journey on Twitter at @ollie_tee96

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