Calls to rename Water Meadows after Ashfield swimming star

Active Ashfield hosted a fun day in Kirkby on Friday to welcome home paralympic athlete Ollie Hynd following his success at London 2012
Active Ashfield hosted a fun day in Kirkby on Friday to welcome home paralympic athlete Ollie Hynd following his success at London 2012
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A swimming pool in Mansfield should be renamed after one of its local sporting stars, a councillor has suggested.

Coun Paul Henshaw, who sits on Mansfield District Council, suggested that the Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex could be renamed after Kirkby swimming sensation, Ollie Hynd.

Water Meadows, Mansfield

Water Meadows, Mansfield

The 19 year-old pool ace has picked up now fewer than seven gold medals in the last two years and is reigning Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion in the 200m individual medley, S8 category.

Ollie , who was born with Neuro Muscular Myopathy, which weakens his muscles, has trained at Water Meadows since he was nine, while a huge poster of him adorns the wall of the main pool area.

During a recent discussion about Water Meadows at Mansfield District Council’s full meeting, Coun Henshaw suggested that the complex could be renamed, like Sherwood Baths became the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre after her double Olympic gold in 2008.

Coun Henshaw, whose own daughter Charlotte is also a Paralympic swimming medal winner, said: “The Water Meadows itself is a first class facility, but perhaps we shouldn’t call it Water Meadows, perhaps we should call it The Ollie Hynd Swimming Centre bearing in mind the success Ollie has had.

“The Rebecca Adlington Centre was obviously changed because of the success of that particular swimmer, perhaps we ought to pay some mind to changing the name if the precedence has been set.”

Ollie’s mother, Helen, added her support, telling Chad: “It would be an absolute honour for him, us and swimming in the area.

“He has achieved in the last three years is enormous.

“It would be such a recognition for him - he’s won 14 international medals, including seven golds, and holds all the big titles.”