The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2010 focus – Thursday
18 November 2010
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.
Thursday’s spotlight is on the nominees for Young Swimmer of the Year and the Swim4Life Family Swim Award.
To see Tuesday's nominee feature, click here.
To see Wednesday’s nominee feature, click here.
Young Swimmer of the Year
This award is presented to a young person that shows particular promise in the pool at a young age and has achieved a high standard in swimming already. They will also have excelled in achieving Kellogg's ASA Awards.
Rhoanna Lily Groves – 9-years old from Coventry
• Rhoanna has been swimming since the age of 12 months and it soon became obvious she was a real water baby.
• Her mum Rachael says she progressed so well through the Kellogg’s Awards scheme she lost count how many badges Rhoanna collected! She is now with the City of Coventry Swimming Club and won her first silver medal at the club’s gala last year.
• Swimming has helped her become much more confident and given her self esteem a real boost.
Anita Tien – 5-years old from Great Holland, Essex
• Anita started to learn to swim two years ago and has been swimming regularly ever since.
• In April 2010 she completed the 1.5km Swimathon challenge and even added on four extra lengths so she could become one of the youngest swimmers to achieve the Kellogg’s ASA Distance Award for 1 mile.
• She swims four or five times a week and is a member of both the swimming and synchronised swimming club in Clacton. She was recently given the club’s synchronised swimmer of the month trophy.
Alex Stanndard - 11-years old from Lowestoft, Suffolk
• In the words of his mother, swimming has given Alex a 'second chance at life'.
• Alex suffered from extreme bullying at school, resulting in very low confidence and at one point his mother considered home schooling.
• By chance he was offered a place at the Dolphin Swim Club and since then has begun to get his confidence back - his mum says he is a changed boy, so much so that he has now found the confidence to enter the club's annual gala.
Lydia Matterson – 6-years old from Seaham, County Durham
• Lydia is totally obsessed with swimming. As a toddler she would take her brother’s swim school hats and put them on her dolls and teddies.
• She was very excited to start her swimming lessons and often practices her strokes in front of the mirror. She even perfected her breaststroke by practising while lying on a table. She very quickly moved from a non-swimmer into a talented one.
• She has joined Hetton Swimming Club and never stops smiling (or chatting!) throughout the sessions. Swimming has allowed her to develop her confidence and she can’t wait to take part in her first open water swim.
Swim4Life Family Swim Award
This award is presented to a family who love to swim, who participate together and have excelled in achieving their Kellogg's ASA Awards.
The Wrigley Family – Dad Sean, Mum Efi and children Emma, Kim and Lyn – Newquay, Cornwall
• The Wrigley family have come a long way thanks to their commitment to swimming. Sean is away at sea a lot and because the family sometimes visit him on board, it was important for them all to be able to swim.
• Both parents actively encouraged their girls to learn and although they were nervous at first, the children are now making excellent progress in the lessons.
• Efi has also learnt to swim and just achieved her 400m award, even though just two years ago she was scared of the water and said the smell of chlorine made her feel sick.
The Hildreth Family – Grandad Russell, Mum Charlotte and children Christopher and Sophie – Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
• Christopher and Sophie began swimming lessons in July 2009 and Charlotte and Russell knew how important it was for the youngsters to put into practice the skills they were taught during their lessons.
• The family regularly visit the pool during family swim times, where Russell can be seen encouraging them to jump in, swim underwater, improve on their technique and increase the distance they can swim.
• This hard work has paid off and both children are more confident and able in the water.
The Boodhun Family – Dad Robert, Mum Sahnti and children Jessica and Noah – Little Hadham, Hertfordshire
• Robert and Sahnti knew how important it was to teach their children to swim but they had never been taught themselves.
• After a bit of persuasion, they plucked up the courage to learn – and after a matter of weeks their joy was obvious from their beaming smiles.
• Now both parents can swim without aids and the family is able to spend more quality time together in the water.
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.