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Mygames Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming celebrates a year of achievement in Birmingham

The 12 month ‘Young Disabled Volunteers Back Swimming’ ASA led programme drew to a close this weekend at the NEC’s Crowne Plaza in Birmingham. The programme offered 44 young disabled volunteers valuable experience volunteering within aquatics and promoting the values of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Working with a supportive mentor, each of the young volunteers developed their confidence and skills as they undertook a variety of volunteer training courses. They experienced volunteer opportunities such as officiating, announcing, media work and front of house at both national and international events. 

Saturday not only allowed the young volunteers to join together to celebrate the success of the programme, but also provided an opportunity for them to congratulate each other on their own personal achievements and accomplishments. Five young volunteers demonstrated their new found levels of confidence as they delivered presentations to the group on how they have been individually affected by the programme. Their inspirational stories not only showed the incredible personal journeys that they have been on, but left every person in the room with the powerful feeling that anything is possible.

Adele Waterfall-Brown told the group how being a part of the Young Disabled Volunteer programme had allowed her to do things which she never thought possible opening up many exciting doors and opportunities for her future. She was not only inspired to start swimming as an athlete but also to continue volunteering within aquatics in the future.   

The day was led by ASA Volunteer Officer Francesca Kelly, ‘the programme has been a total success and it has been fantastic to see how each of the young volunteers has developed over the course of the 12 months. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the people who have made this possible and who have supported the young people on their journey’.

The day was brought to a close with each volunteer receiving a certificate personally acknowledging their individual achievements. The impact of the ASA volunteer programme could be clearly seen throughout the day and we hope through being embedded in local clubs the young people will continue to offer their time to volunteering.

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