Walliams, who was in high spirits as he joined more than 800 swimmers, said. “Swimming definitely makes me more energetic. I really enjoy the feeling I get after a swim, whether it’s a gentle swim at my local pool or a challenge like British Gas SwimBritain. I wasn’t very sporty at school but the only sport I was good at was swimming so it has always been a sport that makes me happy.”
The Happiness Report showed that after four weeks of swimming, participants reported an increase of 35% in positivity and 40% reported better sleep quality.
Now in its second year, British Gas SwimBritain encourages more people to swim regularly and has the backing of Walliams as well as the decorated stars of the British Swimming team. SwimBritain participants compete as teams of four to complete relay challenges of 500m and 1,000m before receiving their hard-earned medals.11 events are taking place throughout the month of September.
Hundreds of spectators at London Aquatics Centre re-created the exciting atmosphere made famous at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Walliams was reunited with Britain’s Got Talent’s synchronised swimming act Aquabatix.
For further information about British Gas SwimBritain events go to www.swimbritain.co.uk