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Sir Steve Redgrave backs Diabetes UK’s Swim22 event


Five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave has backed Diabetes UK’s Swim22 challenge which starts on 22 February.

The event will see swimmers take on 22 miles – the distance across the English Channel – in their local pool and over the course of three months. Swimmers can tackle the distance at their own pace, and by themselves or with teammates.

Sir Steve Redgrave, who has Type 2 diabetes, said: “Getting in the pool is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and Swim22 is a fantastic idea. Why not join the thousands of people who will be able to say they have swum the distance of the Channel, while raising money for a great cause?

“Whether you’re still developing your stroke or an Olympian in the water, this challenge works for everybody. I am often asked by people for advice about living with diabetes and keeping healthy and active with events like this is a great way to start.

“As a proud ambassador and supporter of Diabetes UK I have seen some of the vital work you will help fund. This work in research, campaigning, and offering education and support to the 4 million people in the UK living with the condition, and millions more at risk of Type 2 diabetes, couldn’t be more crucial.”

Sir Steve Redgrave was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1997 and is Vice President of Diabetes UK.

Swimming is a great way of keeping fit and active, and can help you to maintain a healthy weight which is key to reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If you already have diabetes it can help you manage your condition well.   

Find out more about the event and join Team Diabetes UK by signing up now at onthe Swim22 pages.

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