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12:24 30 January 2014

The Reverend Handel Bennett hands  a cheque to the Sidmouth Sharks swimming club

The Reverend Handel Bennett hands a cheque to the Sidmouth Sharks swimming club


MEMBERS of Sidmouth Sharks Swimming Club can sink their teeth into some new technology, thanks to a £695 grant.

The group, which has 100 members aged from seven to 18, can purchase a pair of iPads and other equipment due to Sid Vale Association’s generous Keith Owen Fund

The hi-tech kit will help coaches improve swimmers’ technique.

The Reverend Handel Bennett, chairman of the Keith Owen Fund, was delighted to present the Sharks with a cheque for £695 in matched funding.

He said: “This is our contribution towards the purchase of two iPads. These will help the fitness coaches improve each swimmer’s technique.

“Swimming strokes will be videoed and compared with ideal performance on the iPad. In this way, swimmers’ personal achievements can be monitored and enhanced. The funding also provides stopwatches, and skipping ropes, etc.”

Members of the Sharks attend any of the five club sessions at Sidmouth’s pool from Friday to Tuesday in term time.

Club chairman Louise Hastie said: “We recognise every child who comes to us is capable of reaching a better performance. The encouragement of personal goal setting, and a positive experience, helps them to reach their full potential.

n The Keith Owen Fund supports voluntary effort within the community.

An application form can be downloaded from


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