Boys make a splash at this year’s Learn to Swim awards

THREE disabled boys are on a crest of a wave after winning swimming awards.

Harrison Foord, 10, of Francis Bird Place, St Leonards, Luke Read, who is four and lives in Ashford Road, and seven-year-old Cain Seeley, of Hastings, won the accolade at this year’s Learn to Swim Achiever awards.

Each of the 85 pools and clubs that take part in Southern Water’s Learn to Swim scheme is invited to name one child to receive an Achiever of the Year award.

The three boys were selected from more than 38,000 youngsters taught on the scheme. The awards are given to children who have shown courage in overcoming particular difficulties or for exceptional performance.

Aimee Law, Harrison’s swimming teacher, said: “Harrison suffers from joint hypermobility syndrome which causes pain in his knees. His physiotherapist advised that swimming would help strengthen his muscles and, although apprehensive at first, he has persisted and progressed extremely well.”

Luke has swimming lessons at Summerfields Leisure Centre. His teacher Tony Adams said: “Luke has gained confidence and is willing to try everything that is asked of him. Luke has a hearing impairment which makes him more aware of watching and looking at the instructor to help in his learning to swim and the use of some sign language. Luke is now able to swim confidently within his depth.”

Pauline Spinks, Cain’s swimming teacher, said: “Cain has a condition which means his senses can become overwhelmed, making the busy, noisy, brightly-lit atmosphere of the swimming pool challenging. Cain has tried extremely hard during his lessons and has achieved a number of swimming awards.”

All three boys will receive their award from Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew at Maidstone Leisure Centre on June 9.