Young Winchester Swimmers Honoured at Awards Ceremony


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Two Winchester swimmers have been presented with a top award by Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew for making waves in the pool.

They won Achiever of the Year accolades at this year’s Southern Water Learn to Swim awards which took place at Mountbatten Leisure Centre.

6-year old Danny Davis is from South View in Winchester.

His swimming teacher Cathy Kirby says Danny is awe-inspiring for such a young lad:

“He has a strong affinity with the water, always applies himself and is determined to never give up on any challenge.

“He continues to progress and achieve, increasing his stamina and water skills. He is inspirational and is a delight to have in the group.”

9-year old Jacob Marsland has Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. His swimming teacher Ashia Fenwick says Jacob turns up every week smiling and excited:

“He has worked incredibly hard over the past year exceeding all expectations and making rapid progress.

“It has been a joy to watch him improve and work hard at every new task he is set.”

The pair were among 25 swimmers to win an award, receiving medals and goodie bags while cheered on by families and swimming instructors.

After the prize-giving, guests enjoyed afternoon tea and then entertainment by the Big Bite-Size Plays Factory performing their Southern Water-commissioned show Down The Toilet.

Duncan Goodhew is a long-time ambassador of the Southern Water Learn to Swim scheme:

“We are here to celebrate the most committed swimmers, the best examples of courage – the award winners have either overcome something or are showing great tenacity and talent. These children have put Olympic effort and Olympic courage into swimming. What a great day.”

Southern Water’s Helen Sparkes runs the Learn to Swim programme, and says the event is always a highlight for everyone involved:

“The award-winners are inspirational and I’d like to congratulate them all and thank everyone who supports the programme.”