The Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Countdown is on!
11 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…
First up, the Young Swimmer of the Year award and the Disability Swimmer of the Year award.
Each one of our finalists has shown sheer determination, courage and commitment to the swimming world.
Young Swimmer of the Year Award
Presented to a young person that has achieved a high standard in swimming and shown
particular promise in the pool at a young age.
Georgia Scott, aged 11
- On 30th May 2013, Georgia bravely underwent open heart surgery to cure a life-threatening condition, during which time she was forced take a break from her beloved swimming lessons. However, the 11 year old remained positive and happy during her time of ill health and was able to return to the pool much sooner than the doctors had expected. Georgia was back in the water on 15th Aug, less than three months after this serious surgery. There were times when it was visible she was struggling but, when asked, she always smiled and said ‘I’m fine’. Georgia also has four siblings and will always ensure the younger ones are in their lessons and looked after before she walks around to her own class. She has shown a positive attitude and unparalleled bravery in the face of adversity; she is a credit to her parents and a real joy to teach.
Alexander Ireland, aged 12
- Born a British expat in Singapore, Alexander came to the UK with his family in 2007. His family moved in with his grandmother who was diagnosed with dementia in 2006. Aged six, he became a young carer with his sister (aged nine) to help look after his grandmother, as his father was often away during the week on business. In order to give the children respite, they were signed up for the local swimming club, Bromley. Tanglin enjoyed swimming and made many new friends. He competed in his first county championships at the age of nine and brought home a silver medal. Continuing on this early success, Tanglin won two gold medals at this year’s British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships. A difficult family situation gave rise to a double gold national champ, which is testimony that anything is possible.
Henry Stuart-Turner, aged 14
- Henry was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis in October 2011, having suffered with symptoms for six months prior to this. As a result, he was unable to take part in contact sports such as rugby. A new waterpolo session started at his local pool and Henry was keen to take part; he had always been a keen swimmer. He now takes part in three water polo sessions a week plus a school stamina swimming session. Henry is captain of his club and has scored in every match he has played except one, when he had an undiagnosed fractured femur but still insisted on playing. He now also suffers from costochronditis which can be difficult to cope with when he is being tackled in a match. Henry loves his sport and his determination and strong spirit makes it a real joy to watch him play.
Disability Swimmer of the Year Award
Presented to a swimmer who has overcome a disability and continues to
develop their swimming and make achievements in the pool.
Mia McGrory, aged 5
- Mia was diagnosed with a serious heart condition at a young age, but despite this, has always battled to go swimming. Last year, Mia had to have open heart surgery and knew she would be poorly for quite some time, but after her operation she just wanted to get back in the pool. After just six weeks, she returned to the pool, and with just a noodle, Mia jumped straight into the deep end and came up smiling. She continued with her lessons but wasn’t always too well, and it was suggested that Mia needed more time to get better. This brave little girl is now as happy and bouncy as ever, and even shows the other children her scar and tells them she can still swim even after ‘having her heart made better’. She loves every lesson and has come so far since her operation; she is now raising money for Leeds Hospital Heart Unit – Mia is a truly inspirational young lady.
Kayleigh Smith, aged 7
- Kayleigh suffers from chronic arthritis, a permanent condition. Between visits to hospitals to which she has to travel long distances she has never given up on her swimming. It is painful for her to climb in and out of the pool and any knocks result in severe pain. She is now in a wheelchair but never lets this get to her and you never see her sad. Kayleigh always wears the most terrific smile and always enjoys her lessons.
Piers Bloomfield, aged 14
- Piers has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a learning and communication difficulty, but one of his personal goals in life was to learn to swim. His determination has certainly paid off, and he can now swim over 10 metres and is happy to try swimming in the main pool! Piers absolutely loves swimming and has had several teachers along his route to learning to swim so far; he is now with a fantastic teacher, Martyn, whose down to earth approach seems to have worked wonders. He has responded well to the buddy attitude that Martyn has adopted with him, and Piers now thinks of him as a friend. Piers’s mum has said that learning to swim has immensely improved his coordination and core strength, but above all learning to swim as a life skill has done wonders for his self confidence.