Two Poolpods at the London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
British Paralympic swimmer and Hackney native Dervis Konuralp hailed the new aid for disabled swimmers that gives more people access to the freedom of swimming. The four-time Paralympian welcomed the new Poolpod system for providing a safer and more dignified mode of entering the water for swimmers with restricted mobility.
The engineering innovation, funded by a grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust, has been designed to help swimmers with restricted mobility make a smoother transition from poolside to water than the current method of being hoisted or swung into the pool.
The Poolpod is a submersible mobile platform allowing swimmers to remain standing as they enter the water, while those in wheelchairs can transfer to the pod while still in the changing room.