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Parts of the UK have been devastated by floods in recent months, however, some good news has finally come to the fore allowing those affected to feel much more positive.
The Team GB Olympic Swimming and Water Polo squads have been taking advantage of flooded areas to get in some much needed practice. With the 2016 games in Rio getting ever closer and the financial climate at its current levels, Team GB are saving hundreds of pounds by not using dedicated swimming pools. Yesterday, the synchronised swimming team practised in Dawlish, Devon, giving the locals a fantastic show in what proved to be a carnival atmosphere.
Former Olympian and chair of the London Olympic Bid, Lord Coe was delighted with the news, “It’s brilliant to hear that people are using their initiative. How wonderful it is that Olympians are giving something back to the country. The people affected by the floods must be thrilled to see Tom Daley diving off lampposts in Datchet and Rebecca Adlington coaching her young prodigies on the streets of Worcester. It’s great for the team and great for the country, we can only hope that the floods stay until this stage of training is complete in April.”
Ed Milliband, Leader of the Labour party, told us this wasn’t such a good idea, “Do they not understand how these people feel? They don’t want to see people swimming past their front doors, they also don’t want the risk of a water polo ball coming through their windows. This is just reckless and more proof the government got this all wrong. If the government hadn’t been so focused on a European Referendum then these high tides and the heavy rain would never have come along. David Cameron needs to take a long hard look at himself, then perhaps he should buy a new mirror.”
Anthony Derek Bell-Asambola was affected by the flood when his shop in Somerset was washed away. “As much as I like the Olympics and support the national athletes, I do not think it is appropriate behaviour to be taking advantage of the flood waters. There are plenty of training facilities in Britain for swimmers, I’d understand if the canoeing team were practising but not the swimmers.”
Prime Minister, David Cameron said, “Ingenious! I love the idea of cheering up these people. Well done to Team GB. There is one thing I disagree with – I am not happy with the Water Polo team, I think it’s cruel to make horses spend so long in the water. Perhaps they should consider using dolphins instead. As a government we will do all we can to help support the flood victims, after April of course. I understand spectators sailed for miles to watch the training, so once we’ve got the place cleaned up we’ll make the flooding a regular event to help with tourism.”
A survey of people in flood-affected areas asked the question “Were you happy to see Olympians practising on the High Street?” Unfortunately, we are unable to give you the results of the survey as we dropped the clipboard in our office bath.