Disability Swimmer of the Year 2009
Read about the Kellogg’s/ASA Disability Swimmer of the Year from the Kelloggs/ASA Swimtastic Awards 2009.
Presented to a swimmer who has overcome a disability and continues to develop their swimming and achievements in the pool.
Disability Swimmer of the Year Award
Lives: Tipton, West Midlands
Scott was nominated by his swimming teacher at Wednesbury Swimming Club because he swims several times a week and has achieved so much over the last three years, including getting his 3,000m badge by swimming without his prosthesis. He’s an inspiration to all his fellow club members and wants to achieve the highest standard he can and dreams of being an Olympian one day.
Scott was born with only one bone is his leg below the knee and a club foot with only two toes. He was also born with only one bone in his left arm below the elbow, a club hand and no use in his thumb. When he was one, Scott had to have his right leg amputated and he now wears a prosthesis. He also had his thumb amputated.
Morgyn was born with a left leg amputation above the knee. He learnt to swim at High Wycombe Swimming Pool at the age of three – around the same time that he mastered walking.
He joined his local swimming club when he was ten and amazed everyone when he won three races at his first disability swimming gala. This was when he decided he wanted to be a Paralympic Swimmer. Last year, Morgyn was identified by British Swimming and asked to become a member of the National Talent Programme.
Gemma was nervous and timid when she first went to her local pool but is now excited before she gets in the pool and clearly loves being in the water. Since learning to swim she has been able to spend lots of time in the pool and sea on family summer holidays.
Gemma has quadriplegic cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation at birth. She needs help with most tasks and gets about in a wheelchair but since starting lessons with Lorna Carter, her new swimming teacher, she has ‘literally turned into a mermaid!’