Name: Hannah Kett
Date of birth: 11/12/1993
Home town: Ivybridge, Devon
Favourite aquatic sport: Swimming
Favourite aquatics star: Leisel Jones
I love volunteering because: It means I get to give back to the sport that has had a huge impact on my life and hopefully inspire the next generation of swimmers, coaches and volunteers. Volunteering has provided so many amazing opportunities and is taking me all over the world and if it wasn’t for the volunteer network at my club I can’t imagine how different my life would be right now so I want others to have access these same opportunities.
I started swimming at a small club when I was nine years old. When I was 15 I moved to Plymouth Leander to improve and develop my swimming. My favourite stroke was always breaststroke and I went to Scottish Nationals for 200m and 100m Breaststroke.
At 17 I started volunteering with Plymouth Leander’s ‘Learn To Swim’ programme alongside my training. Straight away I loved teaching and realised it was something I wanted to focus on. Within a year I had completed my Level 1 and 2 in Teaching and Coaching swimming and had secured a place on the National Young Coaches Academy.
I now coach performance (national and international) level swimmers at Plymouth Leander which is challenging but really rewarding, and teach swimming at a local leisure centre and primary school. Although they are very different, I enjoy teaching and coaching equally.
I have just finished my second year of studying Children’s Physical Education at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. The degree is centred around physical education and teaching.
I love learning better ways to teach and coach in all sports, not just aquatics. After I graduate, I intend on undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education to become a primary school teacher.
Thanks to swimming I have had the opportunity to run a swimming pool at a summer camp in Pennsylvania. I work with over 400 American children aged six to 16 for over seven weeks in the summer. I love sharing my passion for swimming with all of the children I work with.
I am very passionate about teaching and coaching swimming and am excited to be a part of the National Youth Forum, I hope we are able to help provide more opportunities for young people and can help inspire more young volunteers.