Luke is presented with swimming award by Goodhew

Luke Read with his instructor Tony Adams
Luke Read with his instructor Tony Adams

A DISABLED boy has been presented with an award for his excellent progress in swimming.

Luke Read, who is four and lives in Ashford Road, met Olympic swimming legend Duncan Goodhew MBE to pick up his Southern Water Achiever of the Year Award, certificate and goody bag.

He was nominated by his swimming instructor, Tony Adams, from Summerfields Leisure Centre. Luke, who is profoundly deaf, had to overcome his disability as well as his nerves to learn to swim. Tony coaxed Luke along and he has now progressed to beginner lessons.

Matt James, centre manager, said: “Luke is a lovely young boy who had to overcome his initial fears before learning to swim. Tony worked very carefully with him to establish confidence before developing his basic swimming skills sufficiently so Luke could join other children in swimming lessons here.

Luke’s mum, Sophie, said: “Luke’s profound deafness and fear of water were two hurdles for him to overcome. I would like to thank Tony for his care teaching Luke and the Freedom Leisure team for their encouragement. Luke loves his swimming now and, besides having fun, is developing a skill for life.”