Pools shut? No worries. Argentinian paralympic swimmer builds DIY pool with plastic bag


Sebastián Galleguillo, 18, an Argentine paralympic swimmer, has found an unusual way to train during an almost four-month lockdown in and around capital Buenos Aires due to the coronavirus pandemic that saw his local pool close its doors.

With the help of his bricklayer dad, Galleguillo has made a makeshift “pool” in his back yard located in a poor neighborhood of the city, using plastic sheets, logs, an old tank and two metal drums, and filling it with 400 liters of water.

“We made do with what we had here and we started building,” his father Edmundo Hernandez, 47, told Reuters.

“The first day was nailing logs on the floor, the second was putting sheets and plastics so that the water does not drain. Later, we bought a 15-meter-long by 4-meter wide plastic that forms a bag and that is what holds the water.”

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