Advanced Apprentice of the Year for Disability Swimming

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Louise Watkin has been named as the Advanced Apprentice of the Year for Disability Swimming

Watkin, who competes for City of Salford SC, was one of 102 athletes from the world of swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming who successfully completed their unique apprenticeship, which has been designed to help young people aged 16 to 18 combine education and sport.

Watkin joined the AASE Programme after she won one silver and three bronze medals at the Beijing Paralympics 2008. Since then she has continued to swim well and break many records, winning a gold medal at the IPC World Championships in the latter half of last year ahead of Paralympic legend Natalie Du Toit.

Alison Frost, Talent Development Officer, said: ‘It has been an absolute pleasure working with Louise. She has a great understanding of what it means to excel in her sport, and has an incredibly mature and professional approach to the way she manages her commitments.’

As part of the AASE programme, all athletes are required to undertake qualifications of an academic and vocational nature, with the aim that it will help them gain employment following their sporting career.

Watkin has said that after swimming she wants to go to university although she admits she’s “not sure what to study”.


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