Salford’s Paralympian swimmers Heather Frederiksen and Louise Watkin are encouraging youngsters in the Greater Manchester area to go swimming this summer.
In keeping with the Olympic spirit, six of the city’s pools are offering free access for those under the age of 16 until September 5.
Both Heather and Louise are Team GB Paralympians and are keen to inspire a new generation of swimmers.
Heather said: "I have been swimming in Salford since I was 10 years old and would encourage all young people in Salford to make the most of the fantastic pools the city has, better still they are free to use over the summer."
Heather has held four world records in the past four years.
She proved doctors wrong who told her that she would never swim again when she won a gold medal in Beijing in 2008.
Assistant Mayor for Culture, Councillor Ann-Marie Humphreys, said: "I'm so pleased to see that athletes who have been training in the city are now representing the country in the Paralympics.”
The scheme is currently funded by NHS Salford in partnership with Salford City Council and Salford Community Leisure and is looking to attract even more people.
Already 300,000 youngsters have taken advantage of swimming for free in Greater Manchester’s pools, where athletes like Heather and Louise used to swim.
Budding swimmers can swim for free every day of the school holiday until February 2013.
Councillor Humphreys continued: “This is a fantastic achievement and a great accolade to the facilities we have in Salford.
“I hope this inspires more of our young people to take advantage of the free swimming available to them."