Swimmers’ determination is recognised

26/11/2016 - Ciaran McCrickard Photography - Southern Water Learn to Swim Achievers of the Year Awards, Pyramids Leisure Centre, Portsmouth - (back l to r), Duncan Goodhew MBE, and Invictus Games Champion Mike Goody with all the award winners from Sussex, Christopher Waller, Erin Pearce, Milly Vaughan, Amelie Reading, and Aiden Souter

26/11/2016 - Ciaran McCrickard Photography - Southern Water Learn to Swim Achievers of the Year Awards, Pyramids Leisure Centre, Portsmouth - (back l to r), Duncan Goodhew MBE, and Invictus Games Champion Mike Goody with all the award winners from Sussex, Christopher Waller, Erin Pearce, Milly Vaughan, Amelie Reading, and Aiden Souter

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Three children from Worthing and Lancing were among five young swimmers who picked up a top prize at this year’s Southern Water Learn to Swim Achiever Awards.

The children were some of a select few to have been nominated for an award by their swimming teacher on this year’s Learn to Swim scheme.

Each year the courage and determination of children who have learned to swim against the odds or performed exceptionally is celebrated as one child is nominated from each pool.

Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew and Invictus Games gold medallist Mike Goody were at the event on Saturday in Portsmouth.

The swimmers are Christopher Waller, eight, from Lancing; Amelie Reading, seven, of Offington Avenue, Worthing, and Aiden Souter, ten, of Thalassa Road, Worthing.

Southern Water’s community campaigns and engagement manager Beverley Thompson said: “Celebrating our young achievers is the highlight of the Learn to Swim scheme. We want to thank all the instructors at the clubs and pools across our region who give their time and expertise to teach all our young swimmers. Here at Southern Water we are passionate about keeping children safe around water. Next year we celebrate 25 years of Learn to Swim which will be a fantastic milestone for everyone.”