Marks Gate are very proud to see last year's year 6 pupil Lionel, take part in the opening ceremony for Barking and Dagenham's new 50m pool alongside Double Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Adlington and Olympic Bronze Medallist Steve Parry.
Last year, while Lionel was in year 6, children across the borough took part in a competition to design a mural that would showcase in the new Barking and Dagenham's 50m pool.
Lionel's design was chosen as the winning design. It is a beautiful drawing of a scuba diver surrounded by creatures of the deep. His design is the new mural that features on the wall of the pool.
This morning, Lionel took part in the opening ceremony and after the ribbon was cut, he had the first swim in the brand new pool alongside the Double Olympic Swimmer, Rebecca Adlington.
Lionel was then joined by his fellow year 6 classmates for a fun swim.
Take a look at the pictures below.