The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Countdown 2013 - Wednesday

12 November 2013

The countdown to the annual Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards 2013 is on! So let’s take a closer look at this years finalists…

This year's Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards will be taking place on 16th November in Birmingham, with the exciting 'Swim with the Stars' session at Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre and the glamorous awards dinner at Edgbaston Stadium. In the five-day run up to the event we will take a sneak peak at each of our award categories and their deserving finalists for the evening.

Here we have the Fundraising award and the RLSS Lifesaving award. Each one of our finalists has shown sheer determination, courage and commitment to the swimming world.

Fundraising Award

Presented to an individual or a group that has raised money for good causes through swimming.

Margaret Clarke

About Margaret: Margaret has achieved over 25 years at her school as the only swimming teacher, she provides swimming lessons for all of the 75 pupils, for other special schools and adult day centres. Along with parent and toddler sessions for  the public. Margaret is constantly working hard to raise £250,000 for a new hydrotherapy pool, she has organised sponsored swims, fashion shows, car boots, charity fun days, the list goes on. In the past 18 months, Margaret has helped to raise nearly £30,000. Margaret does so much for the school no amount of words could thank her for what she has done.

Natalie Hawley

About Natalie: Natalie is six years old and loves swimming. Her three year old sister Jessica was born with a condition that meant she was born with an underdeveloped brain. Jessica needs a specially adapted bed with high sides; these beds cost around £7,000 and are not funded by Local Authorities therefore families have to rely upon charities. Natalie, who has been going swimming since she was five months old, decided to do a sponsored swim for her sister. In June this year, a Swimathon was organised by Mum, Emma, at the local leisure centre. Natalie had her own Just Giving page and invited people to sponsor her – she raised £719. She also invited her friends to join her team and they were being sponsored too. The final total raised was an amazing £1,850. Natalie swam a total of 19 lengths and she did every one with a smile on her face.

Rachel Bowker

About Rachel: In 2007, Rachel joined a group of university friends and swam the Solent sea in order to get to Bestival music festival. The following year, she helped to organise it and since 2009 has voluntarily managed the whole event – named ‘Swim2Bestival’. This year alone they raised £17,156 which brings the total raised in the last five years to over £39,000. Every year Swim2Bestival also supports the Island’s Youth Water Activity Centre (IYWAC), an Island based charity which runs activities and courses for the benefit of all young people on the Isle of Wight. Rachel, alongside her full time job, spends hours co-ordinating and organising logistics and risk assessments to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely. Her drive, determination and passion for the event, and all things swimming, has allowed thousands of pounds to be raised in a unique way which brings people from all over the UK together to raise money, get fit and have fun!


RLSS Lifesaving Award

Presented to an individual who has helped to save a life through their RLSS training.

Amy Vine

About Amy: In August 2013, while holidaying in Cyprus, Amy’s younger brother, Joe (aged seven), and father, Ian, were exploring the rocks as Amy and her Mother, Lynne, snorkelled in the deeper water a short way away. Joe slipped from the rocks and went into the water on the deeper side and Amy’s father went in after him. Ian was not a confident swimmer and, once Joe was safe, began to panic in the deep water. Amy was already aware of this and began swimming towards her Dad.

Speaking to him very calmly, she told him that he must listen to her and do what she said. She took hold of him and kept him calm, talking to him all the time and guided him to the safety of the sandbank. This young girl saved her Dad’s life and showed bravery and maturity beyond her years!

Caoimhe Preshur

About Caoimhe: Caoimhe was on a boating holiday in Sheffield in March this year, when she saw a boy slip off the deck of a narrow boat into an icy canal. The quick-thinking schoolgirl, then nine years old, screamed for help and attempted to reach for the boy, before jumping into the water and holding his head above the surface until family members rushed to help. Staff at RLSS UK read about Caoimhe’s actions and immediately commended her bravery and offered her a free place on its Rookie Lifeguard course. Already a strong swimmer, she has now completed the first Rookie Award at Oldham Sports Centre and is now not only an official Rookie Lifeguard but a holder of the RLSS UK Young Person’s Certificate of Commendation for her rescue. Caoimhe now said she is thinking of becoming a lifeguard when she is older.

Alex Maddren

About Alex: This young Rookie Lifeguard, aged just nine years old, rescued her cousin whilst on holiday in Thirsk. Alex’s cousin, a non swimmer, had entered a swimming pool at the deep end without realising it. Swimming to her aid, Alex quickly used her initiative to get her to the poolside, as her cousin was too frightened to let her perform the usual lifesaving tow. Alex adapted the tow and proceeded to swim below her cousin whilst supporting her under her armpits; she took a series of deep breaths whilst pushing her to safety. Alex has been working through her Rookie awards at Billingham Forum Lifesaving Club and was able to apply everything she had learnt calmly and accurately in a situation of danger. Alex has also now been awarded her RLSS UK Young Persons Certificate of Commendation.

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