Helen back to enjoying family time in the water after lockdown reignited her passion16/10/2020
Adult learner Helen Mbaziira has revealed how the coronavirus lockdown has reignited her passion for the water – as it’s the perfect way to enjoy valuable family time.
Helen featured in the industry-wide #LoveSwimming campaign celebrating the achievements of adults who have conquered a fear of the water, or simply decided it’s never too late to learn, in a bid to inspire others.
She had been swimming for around six months when the lockdown restrictions forced pools to close – and she soon realised how much she was missing the water.
Speaking earlier this year, Helen said: “When we went into the lockdown, it was really challenging to try and keep my physical activity levels the same or maintained – so that was tough immediately.
“It affected my body a little bit but we’ve been going for a family walk or a family run for the time when I next return to the water.
“I’m really looking forward to that moment when the pools can open again. I miss swimming, I miss going to competitions for my children who are competitive swimmers and I miss being on poolside.
“I did not think I would ever be able to say this but yes I am – I do miss being on poolside.”
When pools were given the go ahead to reopen in July, Helen returned to the water with her daughters – although it took her a while to remember everything she had initially learned.
“I had a great swim,” she said. “I’d literally forgotten everything that I’d learnt in the past few months but spending a bit of time in the water, and with a few reminders from my daughter, I got the hang of it.
“Having fun with my daughter, being back in the water and spending family time together was a great moment and that what I enjoy the most – swimming as a family.
“We will be swimming as a family so over time, I know I’m going to get very confident and swimming as a family is going to get even more enjoyable.”