Newark SC Swimmer wins Disability Award

Young disability swimmer, Matthew Johnson, from Newark Swimming Club has won the award for Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at this year’s Newark and Sherwood District Sports Awards in Nottinghamshire.

Matthew has been part of a recreational Disability Swimming Club in Newark since it first started in 2009 and is one of the original squad members. Over those 4 years the club have watched him mature and grow into a very motivated, enthusiastic young man. His behaviour and attitude have improved and he thrives in the club environment. Matthew now helps younger swimmers and supports them in their lessons and is an ambassador for our club, not only as a swimmer but as a young and upcoming volunteer.

Matthew recently made the decision to take his swimming further and asked if he could compete more. He has now become too strong a swimmer for the other children in the disability club so the decision was made to work with Newark Swimming Club to allow Johnson into their weekly training squad.

Matthew now swims for both clubs, which for a 14 year old with autism and ADHD is a huge step.  He is an extremely driven young man and despite his disabilities, pushes himself in a group environment.  The young swimmer has learnt to control his behaviour and is able to cope in mainstream situations.

Congratulations to Matthew on his fantastic achievements to date.

Photographic credit: Newark and Sherwood District Council Communications Team

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