Olympic medalist Cassandra Patten to swim in Bude Sea Pool
AN Olympic medalist will swim in Bude Sea Pool as part of a challenge to help raise funds for to help run and maintain the open air pool.
Bronze medallist and open water swimmer Cassandra Patten will take to the pool Saturday September 28.
The town’s mayor, Paula Dolphin, will welcome Cassie at midday at the Sea Pool itself on Summerleaze Beach.
Cassie is one of 200 stalwart swimmers participating in the FoBSP Charity Channel Challenge in Bude’s historic tidal swimming pool.
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Each team will cover the distance of the English Channel – 22 miles – in a relay which is expected to take all day to complete, in sea water of around 15-degrees C.
Cassie Patten visited Bude earlier this year as an athlete mentor for the ‘Living for Sport’ project, promoting swimming and outdoor sports and safety among young people.
The event was hosted at Bude Sea Pool – and Cassie was so impressed by the facility that she was keen to come back to the town to help raise funds for the charity which manages it.
Cassie is expected to swim at around 12.30pm.
Her senior swimming career spanned 10 years, during which time she competed in seven World Championships and at eight European Championships, wining two silver medals. Her ultimate achievement was a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.