Young Swimmer of the Year
Read all about the Young Swimmer of the Year from the 2010 Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic Awards.
GOLD - Anita Tien, 5-years old from Great Holland, Essex
Anita started to learn to swim two years ago and has been swimming regularly ever since.
In April 2010 she completed the 1.5km Swimathon challenge and even added on four extra lengths so she could become one of the youngest swimmers to achieve the Kellogg’s ASA Distance Award for 1 mile.
She swims four or five times a week and is a member of both the swimming and synchronised swimming club in Clacton. She was recently given the club’s synchronised swimmer of the month trophy.
SILVER - Lydia Matterson, 6-years old from Seaham, County Durham
Lydia is totally obsessed with swimming. As a toddler she would take her brother’s swim school hats and put them on her dolls and teddies.
She was very excited to start her swimming lessons and often practices her strokes in front of the mirror. She even perfected her breaststroke by practising while lying on a table. She very quickly moved from a non-swimmer into a talented one.
She has joined Hetton Swimming Club and never stops smiling (or chatting!) throughout the sessions. Swimming has allowed her to develop her confidence and she can’t wait to take part in her first open water swim.
BRONZE - Rhonna Lily Groves, 9-years old from Coventry
Rhoanna has been swimming since the age of 12 months and it soon became obvious she was a real water baby.
Her mum Rachael says she progressed so well through the Kellogg’s ASA Awards scheme she lost count how many badges Rhoanna collected! She is now with the City of Coventry Swimming Club and won her first silver medal at the club’s gala last year.
Swimming has helped her become much more confident and given her self esteem a real boost.