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Straight2Swimming dips its toes Leeside

Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 4:12pm

A free swimming programme to help scoliosis sufferers will be launched on Leeside this weekend.

Straight2Swimming has announced its expansion to Cork amid its success in Belfast and Kildare.

The tailored swim program for pre and post-surgical scoliosis patients under 18 years of age is coming to the Mardyke Arena.

First launched in 2014 in Northern Ireland, the free of charge swimming programme has proved a great success and further expansion into other countries is in the pipeline.

The Cork launch, which will be held in The Mardyke Arena from 7-8pm on Saturday 10 March, is expected to be attended by specialists in the world of adolescent psychology, sports medicine and orthopaedics as well as participants and their families.

The brainchild of Philip and Edel Convery, the Straight2Swimming programme has grown to include 150 young swimmers in fewer than three years, and the new addition of the Cork session each week will initially enable up to 25 additional swimmers to join the programme whilst cutting the travel commitments for many members who travel across the country each week to attend.

Scoliosis is a condition that twists the spine and normally occurs in children aged between five and sixteen. It affects as many as two in every 1,000 children in Ireland.

Funded by American specialist spine medical device company K2M, the weekly swimming programme also provides a supportive forum for the families of those who are impacted by the condition as they help their loved ones through the painful condition.

Programme Director Eimear Brown said: “Straight2Swimming launched in September 2014 in Belfast with just eight swimmers. Since then the programme has grown to include over 150 members in May 2017 and we are delighted to announce today that the weekly free of charge swimming sessions will be coming to The Mardyke Arena in Cork,”


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