ANGUSalive’s new one to one swim lessons for 4 – 18 year olds with Additional Support Needs started at Forfar Community Campus on Thursday 2 November with assistance from GB Down Syndrome Swim Squad athlete Beth Greig.
The process of learning to swim helps those with ASN to develop their motor skills. As children learn to float and move through the water, they can build muscle tone, strength, coordinate different motions and develop better special awareness through exploring water depth.
Beth started swimming at Arbroath Sports Centre with St Thomas Swimming Club and went on to swim for GB Down Syndrome Swim Squad. She is volunteering to assist coach Elizabeth Buzta with the new ASN lessons.
Beth said: ”I always refer to the pool as my ‘Happy Place’ and feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to travel all over with my swimming. I’m excited to see where these sessions lead to for others with disabilities.
“Coaches believed in me when I started swimming and I want to give that same support back to the new generation of swimmers coming through ANGUSalive pools. I can’t wait to see where this volunteering journey might take me and what I can achieve.”
Laura Smith OBE, ANGUSalive Disability and Inclusion Lead said “It’s an honour to have Beth volunteering with us. Her kind and caring nature will put those with ASN at ease which will help the learners relax in the water.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Beth flourish all the more in her voluntary role with ANGUSalive.”
The class is already fully booked but a waiting list is in place for anyone who is interested. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.