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Top award for Swim Teacher helping people with a disability excel

11 July 2018

Kingston’s Leisure Centres have received a major award for helping people with a disability enjoy and excel in the swimming pool.

Kingston Active swim teacher Elaine Phillips has been named Swim Teacher of the Year for people with a disability at the recent Aquatics and Recreation Industry Awards.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos congratulated Elaine on the impressive award and for her many years of service.

“For the past decade Elaine has been a key part of the Swim School at Kingston Leisure Centres, which teach thousands of people the valuable skill of swimming each year,” Cr Staikos said.

“Elaine passes on her love of swimming to people of all ages and her background working at special development schools has helped her build a strong reputation for helping people with disabilities feel confident in the water.”

Ms Phillips said she was thrilled to receive the award this month.

“I get so much satisfaction seeing people enjoy themselves in the pool and building on their skills. One of my highlights is teaching students who, due to physical disabilities, love being in the water where they are weightless and can move more freely.”

Kingston Leisure Centres offer swimming lessons for babies, children and adults and has a Disability Inclusion Program for people with special needs.

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