Swim4Life Family Swim Award
Read all about the Swim4Life Family Swim Award winner from the Kelloggs/ASA Swimtastic Awards 2009.
Presented to a family who love to swim, who participate together and have excelled in achieving their Kellogg’s ASA Awards.
Dad Francis, Mum Akuso and children Declann, Keiran and Aaron
Declann and Kieran struggled when they began their swimming lessons and were continually battling to relax. Dad Francis, found this difficult to understand and, because he is passionate about the boys being able to swim, began to encourage the boys at poolside by copying the actions of swim teachers to help aid their progress.
Then one day Francis admitted he couldn’t swim and as he had never learned he couldn’t understand how difficult it was for the boys. He then enrolled onto an adult lesson programme with his wife Akuso and now the whole family are progressing really well together, even baby Aaron who is starting his Duckling lessons soon!
Grandma Barbara Bell and grandchildren Emily, Rebecca and Lewis
‘Grandma Bell’, as she is known at her local pool, took early retirement to help look after her three grandchildren Emily, Rebecca and Lewis, all of whom have been taking swimming lesson since they were small babies. Mrs Bell was in an accident some years ago that left her unable to drive but that does not stop her walking many miles pushing a pram to bring the children to their swimming lessons three times a week. She does this whatever the weather and sometimes looks as if she has been for a swim herself having been caught in the rain on the way! After every lesson she praises the staff for doing such a wonderful job, and that includes the teachers and lifeguards.
Mum Helen, Dad David and their children
Live: North Walsham, Norfolk
Helen and David take their five children swimming most days. The youngsters’ swimming teacher says you can tell the ‘five great children’ absolutely love the water and she literally can’t get them out of the pool.