Year 1 pupil Laila Shaikh has progressed from complete beginner to mile swimmer in just six months, completing the full set of national Distance Swimming Awards along the way.
The remarkable six year old only started attending after-school swimming lessons at the beginning of September 2014, but soon impressed her coach as she quickly mastered the first stages of learning to swim and signed up to start the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) Rainbow Programme.
Designed to complement each of the stages of the ASA Learn to Swim Framework, the programme begins with an emphasis on water confidence and covering the shorter distances, and steadily progresses to more of a focus on stroke improvement and increasing stamina.
The completion of each distance is recognised with the award of a badge and certificate, which not only marks the progress of the swimmers development but provides motivation to move to the next award.
Within the first month Laila had earned her first Rainbow Award with a 5 metre swim which she completed still wearing her armbands. But six months on, this determined young swimmer has ditched the arm bands, upped the distance and confidently completed a 64 length swim to earn the final, and much coveted, 1 mile ASA Rainbow Distance Award; thus completing the full set.
Mrs Grant, the school’s ASA Swimming Coach said: ‘This is a remarkable achievement for such a young swimmer, but from the very first lesson Laila showed real promise. She is a natural swimmer and has already developed a beautiful stroke.’
Main pic: Leila with the set of awards: 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800m & 1 mile
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