Chris Bryant, the fastest swimmer in the House of Commons, has
been appointed Patron of Rhondda Swimming Club. Mr Bryant, MP for
the Rhondda, said he was 'delighted and honoured' to take on the
role for the club which has expansion on the horizon.
Rhondda Swimming Club has over 120 members ranging from young
learners to squad swimmers who compete in local and regional
competitions with great success.
The club has recently completed a review of operations and is
about to launch an ambitious three-year development plan to take
the club forward into a new phase of its development and growth
which will be based on hard work and the commitment of all its
The club nurtures the swimming skills of its members through
lessons and coaching sessions throughout the week. Sessions are
held at Ystrad and Maerdy pools, as well as a monthly session at
Cardiff International pool.
Mr Bryant's new role will be an important step in helping to raise
the profile of swimming in the Rhondda. He says: "Swimming is one
of the few sports with the same level of participation by girls and
Mr Bryant's new role is also timely as Rhondda Cynon Taf County
Borough Council prepares to make tough budget cuts of at least £56m
over four years that are expected to mean pool closures in the
Despite his busy duties as an MP Mr Bryant still swims 40 lengths
of Bronwydd Pool in Porth every Friday and is committed to
promoting competitive swimming. He adds: "I understand the council
faces some tough budget decisions but I urge the council to protect
grass roots sport such as that practised by Rhondda Swimming
Mr Bryant has won the annual parliamentary swimming championship
every year for the last 4 years.
Rhondda Swimming Club Chairman Andrew Draper says: "It's great to
be receiving the support of our local MP as we move to take the
club forward. The fact that he's a keen swimmer himself is an added