Historic exhibition coming to thecentre:mk

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VISITORS to thecentre:mk this summer will have the chance to see an exclusive exhibit of Olympic awards and medals from Games in 1896 through to 2008.

The history of aquatics exhibition, named “Passion and Progress” is of international interest and will be travelling to Middleton Hall all the way from The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA to exhibit from July 21 to September 2.

The exhibition will include Aquatic history, memorabilia, swimwear and a display of Olympic medals awarded from the beginning of the modern Olympic movement through to 2008 whilst the official Olympic Games can be watched from a huge 3.2 by 2.6 metre suspended screen at The Beach in Middleton Hall.

ISHOF and FINA (the world governing body for aquatic sports) last displayed the remarkable exhibition at the US Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, USA and during the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai in 2011.

Medals awarded include an ‘Athens 1896 Olympiad’ through every modern Olympic Games to ‘Beijing 2008 XXVΙX Olympiad’.

Bruce Wigo, President and CEO of The International Swimming Hall of Fame, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the world famous ‘Passion and Progress’ exhibition to thecentre:mk, UK, and hope to inspire more people to swim to become healthy, fit and safe in waters. The exhibition will educate the general public on the history of Olympians and this, combined with live viewing of The Games, will prove to be an exciting and enlightening educational event. We’ll see you at the beach front!”

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