thecentre:mk announce world famous historic Olympic medal exhibition at annual beach event

Published: Tuesday, 10 July, 2012

thecentre:mk announce world famous historic Olympic medal exhibition at annual beach event

thecentre:mk are thrilled to announce that they will be the exclusive host to exhibit an extensive history of Olympic awards and medals from the very first modern Olympic 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 21 July to 2 September. The incredible exhibition will delight and enthral visitors with a full memoir of 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 3.2m x 2.6m 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 Ι Olympiad’ through every modern Olympic Games to ‘Beijing 2008 XXVΙX Olympiad’.

The fully indoor beach is open in Middleton Hall at thecentre:mk from 21st July to 2nd September, with 160 tonnes of sand* for children to enjoy, Crazy Golf, arts and crafts, sporty games on the sand with the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust, Punch and Judy shows, refreshments, retailers selling their seaside treasures along the beach front and the world famous ‘History of Aquatics’ exhibition.** There will also be a fun competition quiz for children with a special prize for the winner.

Bruce Wigo, President and CEO of The International Swimming Hall of Fame comments, “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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