So Thoroughly Deserved !
One of the very best things about owning and running Rusalka Swim School is in watching all of the young ones learning and mastering a new Life Skill that will stay with them forever and may well even end up saving theirs or someone else's life, at some time. Watching them develop and progress, not forgetting the pride and joy shown on their parents faces, is so rewarding and always makes 'coming to work', for us, such a pleasure and a privilege.
One of the very best things in belonging to the Southern Water 'Learn to Swim' programme is being able to nominate, for the first time, one of our swimmers for the annual Southern Water 'Special Achievers Awards' hosted by former Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmer - Duncan Goodhew. This event took place just recently and although we had many children worthy of putting forward for this award, we finally decided that no-one was more deserving than 10 yr old Olivia Daniels.
Olivia has been having swimming lessons with us here at Rusalka Swim School for over 4 years and during this time she has progressed from a complete non-swimmer to ASA Stage 6. During our last academic year she completed both her ASA Stage 5 and Stage 6 certifications and what makes this even more remarkable is that she did this despite suffering a disability from birth known as ‘Right Hemiplegia’. When watching her now, it's so difficult to remember that when Olivia first started to swim on her back she couldn’t move her right arm out of the water at all, but now she uses both arms equally whilst swimming backstroke. She is a wonderful, very focused and hard working young girl. She loves swimming and her progress, determination and work ethic has been applauded by us and by all of our teachers here, whose classes she has attended.
WELL DONE OLIVIA !
Just like your Mum and Dad, we are also so very proud of you !
(pictures courtesy of Mr D. Daniels)