With so much energy and emotion currently being expended at the County Championships to knock off a 100th of a second here or win a medal there, it may be worth reminding ourselves that the opportunities we take for granted are not necessarily available for everyone.
Swim teacher Jacqui Hull from Poole SC has recently returned from South Africa where she was involved with the voluntary project ‘United through Sport’, which aims to help disadvantaged children from the townships to access sports such as football, rugby, hockey, netball and swimming. During the time she spent in South Africa, Jacqui taught swimming at a local orphanage, a school for children with severe learning and physical difficulties, as well as a number of schools from the townships. Jacqui also helped coach a Masters group of a local swimming club
“None of the children had ever had swimming lessons and most come along with a huge fear of the water but, over the five weeks I spent there, it was lovely to see all of them in the water splashing around having fun. A few of the children were swimming a width by the end of my attachment”, said Jacqui.
“This was a hugely rewarding experience and I would urge any of our older swimmers or Young Volunteers to consider this very worthwhile project. The downtime is also great fun with adventures such as surfing, shark cage diving and safaris, to name a few.”
For any teachers, older swimmers or YVs who are interested in this rewarding experience, further details and information on the placement from Jacqui by emailing her through the Poole Swimming Club website www.pooleswimmingclub.org.uk.