Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster throws weight behind Biggleswade Splash Park project

Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster.

Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster. - Credit: Archant

A former Olympic swimmer has thrown his weight behind a burgeoning project to bring a £300,000 splash park to Biggleswade.

Mark Foster – who was the Great Britain flag bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games – will be giving a talk at 7pm on Tuesday night called Built for Greatness, with all proceeds going towards the Biggleswade Splash Park fund.

Appearing alongside the five-time Olympian will be motivational speaker Jim Rees, who has competed in some of the world’s toughest triathalons.

The event – which is the brainchild of the team at Aiden Jones Weight Loss and Fitness – is another victory for the Biggleswade Splash Park Committee, who are only four in number but have made a huge impact on the community.

After the idea was floated on Facebook in April of last year, there has been a flood of responses from families calling for a splash park in the town.

A survey has been carried out to decide whether Franklin Recreation Ground is a suitable location and a business case has been presented to Biggleswade Town Council.

Ross Little, who is chairman of the committee, said: “We have had an unbelievable response.

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“We started the project with two signatures and by the following morning we had about 2,000.

“It has almost been a second job working on the committee, but we are determined to bring something amazing to the town that young people and families can enjoy.”

Tickets for the talk at Biggleswade Academy are £10 from www.aidenjones.co.uk/events.

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