David Llloyd Leisure Helps to Roll Out a World Record

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British canoeist, Helen Barnes, achieved a new Guinness world record recently at the Nottingham West Bridgford David Lloyd Leisure swimming pool.

"I am absolutely delighted with the result, and so pleased so many people turned up to support me."

The supply teacher completed 100 Eskimo rolls without a paddle in 3 minutes and 46 seconds, smashing her own record by fifteen seconds.

Helen was cheered on by more than seventy pupils from Radcliffe-on-Trent, Lady Bay and Cotgrave Candleby Lane primary schools where Miss Barnes teaches. The pupils watched poolside at the David Lloyd health club and gym, sporting banners saying ‘Go Miss Barnes’ waving pom-poms and cheering as she got nearer the target.

‘I am absolutely delighted with the result, and so pleased so many people turned up to support me. It helps having people cheer you on and seeing the kids so happy. I am sure that’s why I was fifteen seconds faster’

Among the supporters was seven year old Molly Hicklin from Lady Bay Primary School, who made a banner and a shaker to support her teacher, when asked what she thought of the event Molly said ‘It was very, very good. I was really excited’.

Accompanying the hordes of children who had gathered to watch their teacher break a world record was Candleby Primary headteacher, Chris Wheatley ‘The children love Miss Barnes. We brought 70 of them; they all wanted to be here’.

Rob Beale, Group Health and Fitness Manager at David Lloyd Leisure said ‘The new world record is a great achievement for Helen and has given her a huge boost for 2012. At David Lloyd Leisure we are really proud to have the fitness facilities to help athletes like Helen achieve sporting successes.’

Speaking about her canoeing future Helen beamed ‘I’m going to have a rest and then start training for the 2012 Olympics’

About David Lloyd Leisure Group:

The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 78 clubs in the UK and a further 10 clubs across Europe.
David Lloyd Leisure has over 450,000 members and employs 6,000 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 750 and more than 350 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 150 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week. Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure and 14,000 learn to play tennis.

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