KL.FM Off-Air, by Ross Birkenshaw, August 16, 2016

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The 2012 Olympics has got to be one of the proudest moments for me as a Londoner born and bred.

Seeing so many familiar sights being used as official venues, from Horse Guards Parade, Wimbledon, Hampton Court and The Oval showcased our capital city brilliantly. This combined with the amazing performance of Team GB was simply ore inspiring.

If you have been following the opening week of the games in Rio, like me, I am sure memories have been flooding back of those amazing moments when our athletes won medals, whether it be Gold, Silver or Bronze. Our success so far, especially in the pool, has been outstanding. Adam Peaty’s stunning win in the 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds. This was Britain’s first Olympic swimming title in 28 years.

The morning after everyone was buzzing. I had a chat with a local swimming teacher and asked if continued success in the pool would encourage others to get active and take up the sport. He told me he certainly hoped so. Even more interestingly, he chatted about what an important life skill being able to swim is for everybody. No question that we will all come across large areas and dangerous places where we could easily get into trouble if we don’t know how to swim. Even the most confident person could find themselves in difficulty and there might not be anyone else around to help us out.

With the warm weather back with us for a few days, it might be all the more tempting to take a dip in the sea or water to keep cool, but all too frequently we hear stories of youngsters especially losing their life after swimming somewhere they perhaps shouldn’t be. KL.FM have a brilliant on-line guide full of hints and tips on how to stay safe in and around water during the holidays. Highly worthwhile having a look at the Safer Summer Guide for sure.

Staying with the sporting theme, the new football season is now underway and with a new owner and fresh squad, it looks certain to be an interesting season for the Linnets. I managed to get along to most of the home games last season. If you’ve never been or not seen them play for a while, I urge you to down to the Walks and support the boys, and the ladies team. Come on you Linnets!