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Olympic gold medalist Cameron Van Der Burgh to conduct Dubai swim clinic

Dubai, 4th October 2012 – Global water wear brand Arena has announced that Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa will conduct a swim clinic on October 4th after the conclusion of the first leg of the 2012 FINA/Arena World Cup series on October 2nd and 3rd. The event for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 16 has been co-organized by local Arena distributor Sun and Sand Sports, the largest retailer and wholesaler of sporting goods in the Middle East, and will take place at the Star school.

The clinic will start with Arena Elite Team member Van Der Burgh talking about his swimming career, how his swimming developed over the years, and how it has affected his life, before taking to the pool for two sessions on swimming technique. First the 7-12 year olds will swim under Van Der Burgh’s watchful eye from 3:00-3:30pm, before the 13-16 year olds get their opportunity to learn from his instruction from 3:30-4:00pm.

Van Der Burgh is looking forward to the clinic: “For me it is very rewarding to see children improve,” he said, “when they meet someone new, they are very interested to learn from them. I’m very excited and hope to make it a memorable day for them.” The breaststroker also believes meeting a top-ranked athlete can be motivating for aspiring swimmers: “I remember meeting Penny Heyns (South African double gold medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics) as a child, and it was very inspirational for me,” he said. “I’m sure these young swimmers watched the Olympic Games, and I think they will be excited to meet me, as a sportsman to look up to.”

Vishal Bhatia, Head of Marketing, Sun and Sand Sports said “Sun and Sand Sports is committed to promoting health and fitness in the UAE community. As we are the official distributor for Arena in the region, this initiative with Cameron Van Der Burgh gives kids an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from a Gold Medalist and World Recorder holder. I would like to thank Arena for this exclusive experience, Star International School for the venue and Hamilton Aquatics for the organizing of the Swim clinics.”

“We are extremely proud to be associated with this event. We fully support any initiative aimed at increasing participation and interest of youngsters in Sport, “said Cathy Wilson, Extra Curricular Coordinator.

About Sun and Sand Sports

Founded in Dubai in 1979, Sun and Sand Sports LLC is the largest multi-gender sports retailer and wholesaler in the Middle East with over 100 stores in 6 countries – UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Sun & Sand Sports is the official distributor for Arena in the region & is exclusively retailed across the G.C.C.

For more information visit www.sunandsandsports.com

Marketing contact:

Name: Vinay Changarangath, Email: vinay@sunandsandsports.com; Mobile: +971-508722592