95% of Black adults and 80% of Black children in England do not swim, according to the 2020 Sport England Active Lives Survey.
But the tide is turning. Swim England has been working in partnership with the Black Swimming Association (BSA) to help the organisation tackle inequalities and barriers that prevent African, Caribbean and Asian communities from participating in aquatics. Meanwhile, more black women are diving in to discover the joys of going for a swim.
For this debut episode, Matilda catches up with her homegirls to discuss facing their insecurities with swimming when they trained for their first triathlon. They chat about everything from taking swimming lessons and dealing with their haircare and skincare, to the impact the challenge had on their wellness.
To find out more about Better’s adulting swimming programme Swim Doctor, visit: www.better.org.uk/what-we-offer/lessons-and-courses/swimming/adults
For info on Karen’s personal trainer Zayd, head to: www.swimmingmantis.com
And to learn about Swim For Tri’s open water sessions, check out: www.swimfortri.co.uk