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Gay: Swim group goes to new lengths; SWIMMING.

Byline: COLIN NICHOLSON

Swimming is one of those sports people do at very different paces. On the one hand there are the mustn't-get-my-hair-wet breaststrokers, who can even sustain long conversations while gliding majestically up and down the pool, two abreast. On the other, there are the speed merchants, tumble turning and crashing up and down the lanes as if their lives depended on it.

Gay swimming club Out To Swim fits into the latter camp, with hectic training sessions that usually involve doing twice as many lengths as you would sensibly do on your own.

The club, which attracts a good number of women, competes in local competitions, as well as those held by other gay swimming clubs in France, Holland and Germany. Just now it is gearing up for the sixth Gay Games to be held in early November in Sydney. A sort of gay Olympics, the games happen every four years and feature 31 sports.

The Out For Sport website has details of other gay sporting clubs currently in training, so if five lengths tire you out, you can always find another sport to suit your pace.

Out To Swim: Monday (9pm-10pm), Sat & Sunday (7pm-8pm) at Queen Mother Sports Centre, Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1. Wednesday (8pm-9pm) at Kentish Town Baths, Prince Of Wales Road, NW5. Thursday (7pm-8pm/8pm-9pm women only) at Oasis, Endell Street, WC1 Visit www.outforsport.org or www.sydney2002.org.au

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IN AT THE DEEP END: The Out To Swim team at the last Gay Games
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2002
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