The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2010 focus – Saturday
The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements in the pool in 2010.
We will countdown to Saturday’s awards ceremony with a focus on the nominees for two awards each day in the run-up to the event.
Saturday’s spotlight is on the nominees for Top Teacher of the Year, the ESSA Dolphin Award and the RLSS Lifesaver of the Year Award.
To see Tuesday’s nominee feature, click here.
To see Wednesday’s nominee feature, click here.
To see Thursday’s nominee feature, click here.
To see Friday’s nominee feature, click here.
Top Teacher of the Year
This award is presented to the swimming teacher who goes that extra mile to ensure they deliver the best possible learning experience for their pupils.
Debbie Roberts – West Suffolk Swimming Club
• Debbie is an indispensible teacher and coach, teaching in a local swim scheme as well as encouraging children in the club’s junior squads as development coach.
• Her enthusiasm and cheerful nature makes swimming fun and she has taught many children who were initially reluctant to get into the water and then wouldn’t get out at the end of the lesson because they loved the experience so much.
Mary Foston – Keyworth Leisure Centre, Nottinghamshire
• Mary has worked at Keyworth Leisure Centre for more than 25 years and during that time has taught thousands of people to swim – from babies through to 90 year-olds.
• She loves teaching all ages and abilities and still finds it rewarding seeing customers come out of their lessons able to swim.
Vicki Carter – Kings Hall Leisure Centre, East London
• Vicki is an outstanding swimming instructor who has conscientiously taken extra time and effort to create a supportive learning environment, especially for those over 50.
• She led the ASA Free Swimming initiative in Hackney and her patient and encouraging style ensured the swimmers turned up regularly for lessons.
• She even organised an awards ceremony to honour their achievements and encouraged a small group to swim 3.2km for the charity challenge Swimathon 2010.
The ESSA Dolphin Award
Chetwynde School – Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
• The Cumbrian school has been awarded the English School Swimming Association’s Dolphin Award because in 2009/2010 they ensured every pupil from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were able to swim 100 metres.
• Sport has always been an important part of life at Chetwynde School and swimming is a particular strength, with successes regularly achieved in national competitions by school teams and individuals.
• The school began in 1938 as a small preparatory school and is now one of the most successful independent schools in the country.
RLSS Lifesaver of the Year Award
This award is presented to an individual who has saved a life through their RLSS training.
Dougie Haycock – 13-years old from Little Comberton, Pershore.
• Dougie’s calm quick-thinking on a school trip to America averted catastrophe after a friend had fallen from a pier.
• Dougie quickly got on a boat and dragged the boy so his arms were supported over the edge of the boat, then locked his arms under his friend’s armpits and pulled him on board.
• Dougie’s Mum said: “We were very proud of him when we heard. Dougie immediately took charge of the situation and managed to get the boy to safety. It was a great example of dealing with an incident without making it terribly dramatic or dangerous.”
Stay tuned to the ASA section of swimming.org for more build-up as well as photos and news stories from the event.
To find out more about the Kellogg's ASA Swimtastic Awards, click here.