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200 keep Topsham
tradition alive
Over 200 people kept tradition
Certikin North Manager, Neil alive on New Years Day with the
Stephenson says: ‘Manufactured Topsham Swim.
within rigidly controlled quality The Topsham Swimming Pool
processes, the AGAM series of Association who organise the
PVC sheeting is tested at source annual outdoor swim, in the
and meets the required heated swimming pools, nearly
standards for tensile strength; had to abandon the tradition after
resistance to de-lamination; tear a lack of volunteers meant the
strength; sheer strength; peel swim was cancelled last year.
resistance when welded; water However, a rallying cry from the
absorption, elongation, community allowed for the swim to
dimensional stability and go ahead this year with families
resistance to chemicals and from all over the county donning
staining.” their swimming costumes to join in
AGAM PVC is produced to a the annual tradition.
1.5mm thickness and includes a The pool will re-open for the
re-enforced polyester mesh to summer in the second week of May.
offer strength with flexibility.
Certikin has introduced a new and colours. The PVC can be The 50mm overlapped welded
2009 nationwide on-site lining applied to almost any pool finish, seams are spike tested for Hot tub rash
service for domestic and either directly or, preferably, adhesion before being sealed Doctors in a number of states in
commercial applications. over a geo-textile underlay and all the perimeter anchor the US have seen a dramatic
Installation is undertaken by which will enhance the feel of points are made with stainless increase in the number of people
Certikin’s own contractors using the PVC and assist in reducing steel expansion drive rivets. who are allergic to hot tubs. The
reinforced PVC that is thermal conduction. The PVC is diagnosis is rare, but experts say
specifically designed for cut, tailored and welded on-site
it’s growing. They believe a
durability and longevity and is to ensure an accurate and neat popular chemical called potassium
available in a range of patterns fit to the pool. peroxy-mono-sulfate is to blame.
It causes skin to get “just intensely
itchy, red, flaky — to the point
where (patients) scratch so much
Birmingham pools face the axe in Olympic plan
that they start to bleed, because
it’s so intensely itchy,” said
Some of Birmingham’s and Events Steve Hollingworth. and the refurbishment of dermatologist Dr. Matthew Zirwas
council-owned swimming More than 60 sites are being Stechford Cascades. at the Ohio State University, one
baths may have to be closed looked at, which include 19 Additional funding is also of the states involved.
to pay for a massive £60m pools, along with other council needed to finance running
Olympic-size pool. assets, Mr Hollingworth said. costs, according to a report
It has become clear that His comments came 24 hours which claims there is no 10% more funding for
older venues might have to go after council leader Mike Whitby provision in the revenue ASA
as the local council looks to announced plans to build the budget or long term financial The Amateur Swimming
close a £30m funding gap to 50m pool on a site near the strategy for these but “a Association is to receive a 10%
provide a prestigious 50m National Indoor Arena. number of options are being increase in its funding from Sport
pool by 2012. The council said the pool, to considered”. England. The English National
Assets including be created on a site next to the A site between Nelson Governing Body for Swimming,
‘unproductive’ leisure land indoor arena, will be part of a Primary School and the Diving, Water Polo, Open Water
may be disposed of in order to network of new swimming pools. railway line behind the NIA and Synchronised Swimming, will
fund the project, according to The £84.5m project includes the has been earmarked for the receive £21m to get people of all
Assistant Director of Sports replacement of Harborne pool 10 lane pool. ages and abilities swimming in
every community. David Sparkes,
Chief Executive, said: “The award
is a 10% increase on the previous
CHRISTMAS COMES this summer. Laura had nurses operating in Oxfordshire investment we received in
BUT ONCE A YEAR… previously worked in Certikin’s and have just recruited a further swimming and a significant
Certikin again chose to support Sales Order Processing three, so I hope that this money increase in real terms. We will
a charitable cause instead of department for 10 months. will, in some small way, go work with Sport England to see
sending out company Neil Murray says: “This is a towards their training.” how we can maximise the impact
Christmas cards. charity that is very dear to of this investment, alongside the
Neil Murray is pictured everyone as we have all been investment in free swimming from
handing over a cheque to touched by cancer in some way the government and the
Bernadette Doyle, Oxford’s in our lives and it is a fitting way investment from UK Sport, to
Fundraising Manager for to remember Laura. I would like achieve the best possible
Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s a to pay tribute to the Macmillan outcome in both 2012 and in
charity chosen by the family of nurses who, in helping the getting more people swimming
19 year old Laura Bradley, who terminally ill, do Trojan work. more often.”
tragically died in a car accident Macmillan have 37 trained
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