Disability Swimmer of the Year
Read all about the Disability Swimmer of the Year from the 2010 Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards.
GOLD - Eva Higgins, 3-years old from Flixton, Manchester
Despite being just three, Eva can swim well over 100m with no arm bands or floats. She can also do a roly-poly and dive to the bottom of the pool unassisted.
Her achievements would be impressive for any child but Eva has cystic fibrosis and often can’t go swimming when she is undergoing treatment.
Her parents believe swimming, and the teaching of Mark Johnson from Aqua Babies Manchester, has helped Eva increase her lung strength and improve her health.
SILVER - Sarah Willes, 8-years old from Chingford, London
Sarah loves swimming and was hugely excited to be promoted in her learn to swim class recently.
She was also delighted when she earned her first Kellogg’s ASA award.
Sarah’s physiotherapist suggested that she took up swimming to strengthen her upper body because she has CHARGE syndrome – a condition which includes sensory impairment and co-ordination problems.
Her physio is impressed with the improvement Sarah has made since starting swimming.
BRONZE - Charlotte Hailstone, 7-years old from Ipswich
Charlotte has been swimming for the past two years and has achieved a number of badges, including her 50m badge.
Doctors warned Charlotte would never swim because she is paralysed down one side of her body but thanks to her determination and commitment she’s proved them wrong and tries to swim every week.