Camille Muffat tragically died as a reigning Olympic champion ©Getty Images

A petition calling for the new Paris 2024 aquatics stadium to be named after Camille Muffat, the London Olympic 400 metres freestyle champion who tragically died in a helicopter accident less than three years later, has already gained over 10,000 signatures.

Muffat was among 10 people to die when two helicopters collided in Argentina in March 2015 during the filming of a television survival show, "Dropped", in which celebrities were being flown into hazardous terrain by helicopter and filmed as they attempted to find food and shelter.

Beijing 2008 boxing medallist Alexis Vastine and sailor Florence Arthaud, a solo yachtswoman who first gained fame for winning a race across the Atlantic Ocean as a 17-year-old before triumphing in the 1997 Transpacific race across the Pacific, also tragically lost their lives.

Muffat, who was 25 at the time of her death, also claimed Olympic silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 4x200m freestyle in the British capital.

She was also a six-time World Championship medallist and the 200m freestyle champion at the 2010 World Short Course Championships in Dubai.

The petition was submitted via the website and is addressed to the French President, Emmanuel Macron. 

The Aquatics Centre in St Denis is one of the only new venues being built for Paris 2024 ©Paris 2024
The Aquatics Centre in St Denis is one of the only new venues being built for Paris 2024 ©Paris 2024

"It is in the logic of things that the immense swimmer Camille Muffat who gave all her letters of our nobility to French swimming, representing this one on all the continents of the world, and becoming Olympic Champion in London in 2012 has for eternity its name on the wall of the Aquatic Center that will host the Olympic Games," the petition demands, adding: "In homage to Camille ...!"

A total of 11,573 signatures have so far been collected. 

The yet-to-be-named or constructed Aquatics Centre is due to be housed in Saint-Denis, the suburb which is also home to the Stade de France - the Olympic Stadium for 2024.

It is due to be the only new permanent venue at the Games, although a largely new Athletes' Village site is also due to be constructed nearby.

The Aquatics Centre will house two 50 metre swimming pools and two diving pools.

Total capacity during the Games would be 17,000, with this later reduced to 2,500.

The petition can be accessed here.