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ODA seeking pool access solution

The Olympic Delivery Authority has launched the search for an innovative swimming pool lift that would enable improved access for disabled swimmers.

The ODA is exploring options for an affordable alternative lift to those currently available on the market for disabled swimmers that will use the two 50m pools in the London 2012 Aquatics Centre after the Games.

Current solutions to access pools either prevent a full swimming lane being used for competitions or do not enable disabled swimmers to enter the pool independently or with minimal assistance.

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt said: “This is an opportunity for London 2012 to provide the UK design industry with another platform to demonstrate their creativity.

“It is a challenging brief but I’m confident the UK has the expertise to develop an innovative solution that could potentially benefit disabled swimmers across the world.”