Swim4Life - and create a brand new stroke
The national competition to find a new swimming stroke kicks off Swim4Life, part of Change4Life, the lifestyle revolution launched earlier this year to help families eat well, move more and live longer.
The competition is asking kids to send their ideas, including a description of how they came up with their new stroke, a picture that inspired it and a suggested name.
Be it the dolphin, the penguin or the wriggly worm, the competition is all about getting kids moving in the water which is a great way of helping them to get their 60 active minutes every day.
The swimming stroke competition marks the start of Swim4Life and over the next few weeks parents will be able to download free swimming tips and advice on getting the family more active through swimming. Simply search Change4Life online for more information.
The inventor of the winning stroke will win a trip to Alton Towers Water Park for a family of six (two adults and four children) including travel, overnight accommodation, entrance to the park and spending money.
The competition will be judged by a panel of experts including Jon Glenn from ASA, Ian Armiger, Director of Swimming at Loughborough University, and a Change4Life representative.
Entries by children aged 16 or under need to be submitted to email@example.com or posted to Swim4Life Competition, PO Box 2656, London, W1A 3RR by 17 August 2009.
The winner will be announced by the Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, in September, when he completes The Great North Swim 2009 in Lake Windermere.