TotallyTween encourages youngsters into the open water

As part of its summer “Get Fit For Fun” campaign,TotallyTween, a secure new digital platform for 8 to12 year olds is encouraging youngsters to get active. Swimming is one of a number of activities it supports and on 12 July it will be sending roving “tween” reporters to the Henley Mile and the Open Water Swimming Show.

Their reporters will take part in the “Endless Pool Beep Test” at the Henley Mile, and will also interview British freestyle swimmer and coach Cassandra Patten, who won the bronze in the 10km open-water event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Patten and adventure swimmer Sean Conway will take part in seminars and talks as part of the overall event. 
In addition, TotallyTween is keen to interview any tweens who are participating in the Henley Mile, as part of its coverage of the event for “Get Fit For Fun”.
This recently launched initiative endeavours to get kids more active over the summer.  Tween roving reporters will be covering a host of sporting events up and down the UK to fire the imagination of tweens and get them inspired to start open water swimming, join a tennis or athletics club, go to surf school, try out a football taster session, visit the local pool or lido or simply get on their bikes.   Aside from the obvious physical health benefits, the “Get Fit For Fun” campaign simply aims to encourage kids to enjoy themselves and make new friends.
The Open Water Swimming Show in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on 12 July, is the only UK exhibition focusing on swimming outdoors. The Endless Pool Beep Test is a centre piece of the exhibition area, and features a continuous stream of water to swim against – it’s the swimmer’s equivalent of a tread mill. In the beep test the speed of the current will be increased in steps while the swimmer tries to maintain his or her position in the pool. When swimmers can no longer match the speed of the water they will be swept backwards and the timer will stop. The person who lasts the longest is declared the winner.
TotallyTween, which launched earlier this year, is aimed at 8 to 12 year olds to discover, discuss and create in a diverse, safe online world covering film, books, music, fashion, health, sport, animals, baking, craft and social issues.
Any tweens who are planning on participating in the Henley Mile and would like to be interviewed about their experience should contact the roving tween reporters at
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