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Former Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew gave youngsters a coaching session to mark the refurbishment of their pool.
The pool, at Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre, is now more energy efficient after British Gas upgraded the buildingâ€™s heating and lighting.
Duncan, 56, whose son is studying at Northumbria University, said: â€œModernised heating and ventilation means the pool here in Chester-le-Street is a nicer place for users and the council has a smaller energy bill, so everyoneâ€™s a winner.
â€œI hope people in the area â€¨will take advantage of whatâ€™s â€¨been done by making use of the pool.â€
Duncan, who won Olympic gold in 1980, added: â€œI run a number of coaching projects aimed at â€¨getting youngsters into swimming.
â€œThere are also a number of companies, such as British Gas, who ask me to help with their swimming-related projects.
â€œIn some ways Iâ€™m more involved in swimming now than when I won the gold medal.