The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2012 countdown - Friday
12th October 2012
The countdown is on for the annual Kelloggs ASA Swimtastic Awards 2012 so let’s take a closer look at this years finalists.
The countdown is on for the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2012 taking place at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, 20th October. We take a look at some more of our finalists for Family of the Year Award and The Fundraiser of the year award.
Each one of our finalists has shown sheer determination, courage and commitment to the swimming world.
Family of the Year
This award is for a family that loves to be involved in all aspects of swimming. It could be a family that has made small changes that will help them to live healthier and longer lives. Perhaps they swim together in an effort to spend more time together as a family. They may have completed challenges together or excelled by achieving several Kellogg’s ASA Awards.
The Tait family from Swindon
- Dad Ben started the year being terrified of open water but has now competed in the Great North Swim 2 mile event, various Aquathons, the Swimathon 2012 and trains regularly in both pools and lakes. Mum Denise also took part in the Swimathon 2012, training regularly and becoming a real role model to their two children, Ben and Maya.
- Ben (age five) took part in the 5k Swimathon relay team swimming 500m of perfect breaststroke and helping raise £600 for charity. The youngest of the Tait clan, Maya (age three) joined Swindon Dolphins just before her third birthday, despite the clubs usual acceptance age of four years old, and is described as a natural in the water with a bright future. Maya participated in the 2012 Swimathon and also covered 100m of the ‘Taitswimmer 5k Challenge’ even though she was unwell on the day.
The Mohammed family from Bristol
- The Mohammed family have four children of which one, Zakaria, is diagnosed with Diabetes and Autism. Due to Zakaria’s condition, he requires one-to-one swimming lessons of which the whole family are incredibly supportive. Despite this the family are very committed to ensuring the children swim.
- The cost of this alone is hard to maintain and sets the family back by £1,000 each year, especially since the children are all at different stages of learning. The Mohammed family have overcome huge adversity and really enjoy being a part of the sport.
The Turner-Rowefamily from Nottingham
- The whole family have been involved in swimming since they were very young and their parents have let each child follow different disciplines. Swimming, Diving and Synchronised swimming take up a great deal of time and money for this family and their parents and grandparents are very supportive.
- At such young ages, each child shows huge potential in the aquatic world, listens well and gives 100% to their activities. Even Alice, who is the youngest of the four children, shows huge maturity in the way that she learns. It is obvious that this family love their swimming and water activities, and show huge support and dedication for their children’s talent.
Fundraiser of the year Award
The fundraiser of the year will be somebody actively helping to raise money in and around the swimming community for charities. The award recognises their efforts in assisting charities or organisations to raise funds or help with resources.
Millie Checkley, aged 8 from Solihull
- Millie started swimming at the age of four, immediately finding a passion for it and has been chosen for Advanced Training sessions with the City of Birmingham swimming club. However, it is Millie’s commitment and dedication to fundraising which sets her apart from other children her age.
- On 2nd June this year, Millie took to the pool having set herself a challenge of 25 miles in seven days to raise money for Macmillan in memory of both her grandparents who sadly lost their battle to cancer. Millie completed her challenge ahead of target taking only five days to swim the distance.
- Having inspired swimmers at her local David Lloyds, Millie put together a team of 14 people called her ‘Rainbow Stars’ who managed a huge total of 66 miles between them. So far, Millie has raised an incredible £2,757 for Macmillan, which takes her total fundraising figure to over £10,000 for various charities and has taken over half her life to achieve.
Ethan Evans, aged 10from Salford
- Ethan faced more adversity in the first four years of his life than most full grown adults; and after surviving a hit and run accident which left him severely injured and needing surgery, Ethan was advised he could no longer play football and so took up swimming to aid his recovery.
- A few months ago, Ethan decided to set up a sponsored swim to help his school afford sports equipment and challenged himself to swim one mile of the pool. On the 18th May he completed his swim and raised over £500 for the school – enough to buy the sports equipment they needed.
- Next year, Ethan will be swimming to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital cancer unit as his friend is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia. He has set a target of £10,000 which he hopes to achieve in six months time.
David Taylor, from Carnforth
- David has been a volunteer for the British Red Cross for nearly 20 years and was a member of the Emergency Response team that responded to the floods in the Lake District in 2007.
- Following the floods David identified a need for additional items of emergency kit to be strategically located across Cumbria and as such undertook a fundraising challenge to swim at least one mile in ten lakes in the Lake District.
- The monies raised from David’s challenge have enabled the British Red Cross to buy four additional emergency response bags, additional ER training and funded the launch of the scheme known as the Emergency Response in Cumbria which was officially launched in November 2011.