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Malcolm Johnson thanks his students after winning Swim Teacher of the Year

Sheffield City Trusts’ Malcolm Johnson was named Swim England’s Swim Teacher of the Year with the final award of the night at the 2022 Teaching and Education awards.

Malcolm has been a swimming teacher for over 30 years and works with all age ranges, from babies to adults and disabilities.

He specialises in delivering the disability programme at Hillsborough leisure centre where there are over 40 children every week attending lessons.

He makes lessons enjoyable and goes the extra mile by always keeping in touch and is always there for advice.

After collecting his award Malcolm wanted to thank his students and their parents for their support.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and this is not just for me but for all the children I teach as well. It’s just an absolute honour.

“I’d like to thank all the parents who supported the children even in the time during the pandemic when I couldn’t get into the water and they would to support the lessons.”

Deborah Williams from Nottingham City Council was named runner up where she was recognised for being relatable and caring for the children she teaches.

Louise Ross crowned Swim England Educator of the Year

Louise Ross was crowned Swim England Educator of the Year for her work as a key member of the Artistic Swimming tutoring team.

Louise uses practical demonstrations, videos and group discussions to allow learners with experience or those less experienced to share their thoughts and knowledge.

She fosters a positive learning environment and not only shares her knowledge and experience with learners but also her fellow tutors.

As well as tutoring, Louise plays a pivotal role in the development of courses and making sure that content is up to date for her learners so they can reach a higher standard.

Despite being unable to attend the awards, she did send in a video message where she expressed her gratitude for being recognised with the honour.

She said: “It’s such an honour to receive this award and I really appreciate it.

“I absolutely love tutoring and I love Artistic Swimming and it’s great to mix with so many people across the sport and share knowledge between one another.”

Rebecca Lippett was named the runner up after being described as the most supportive tutor you could wish for. She’s constantly available to discuss concerns, whether this be via zoom calls or out on the poolside at Stratford Leisure Centre.

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