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Aquatics: The best of both worlds

Swimmers can enjoy the best of both worlds in Cyprus as the island boasts excellent open waters, plus a number of swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor.
The many top-class swimming pool facilities in Cyprus include 25metre and 50m open-air, heated pools of 8-10 lanes, 1m diving boards, 3m spring boards, 5m, 7.5m and 10m platforms. Supplementary equipment, underwater viewing and filming windows are also available.
Various national swimming teams have trained in Cyprus, including the Swedish and British Olympic Swimming Teams, as well as the Dutch, Finnish and Austrian national squads. The facilities have also attracted famous names, such as Peter van den Hoogenband of Holland and Michael Klim of Australia.
Some of the acclaimed swimmers that have trained in Cyprus include Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson of Team GB, and the British Paralympic Team. Some of the other popular names are Jonathan Fox, Susannah Rodgers, Eleanor Simmonds and Stephanie Millward.
Sarah Louise Rung of Norway’s Paralympic Team trained in Cyprus, as did Marleen Veldhuis and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the national team of the Netherlands. Members of the Dutch Paralympic Team who trained here include Michael Schoenmaker, Marlou Van der Kulk and Mirjam de Koning-Peper.
“We’ve had really good support from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in putting together our camp which is a critical part of our preparation for the world championships,” commented Michael Scott who is the British Swimming National Performance Director. “[Our Cyprus training] venue itself has world class sporting facilities combined with a first-class hotel. Everything is compact and within easy walking distance and makes it a perfect location for the British team to train.”
His words are echoed by that of the Technical Director of the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation, Jacco Verhaeren, who added, “The sport facilities and hotels are, of course, outstanding… the beautiful weather and hospitality of the Cyprus people have made these training camps the best we can have.”
“Every time (we visit Cyprus) we bring new people and other top foreign swimmers because we want to share this perfect training spot. We are very proud and lucky to be able to train in Cyprus.”

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