Learning disabilities need not be a bar to achieving

ERC swimming awards
ERC swimming awards

The swimming achievements of young people with learning disabilities have been described as being “inspiring”.

About 30 youngsters have been attending a swimming initiative run by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, and certificates for their efforts in the pool were presented last week.

The swimming programme is just one of several activities being used by the inclusive support team to help young people with a variety of support needs realise their full potential.

The certificates were presented by East Ren councillor Mary Montague who said: “The awards ceremony recognises the swimming achievements of our young people and I’m sure we’re going to be inspired as we hear how each child has succeeded and progressed.

“This unique programme has been an extremely positive and rewarding development, and we have watched it grow so that all children who participate have been able to reach their full potential.”

The learn to swim programme was developed by Karen Baxter and the swimming development team at ERCL, led by lead instructor Andrea Cassells and 11 other swimming instructors.

Chief executive of ERCL Anthony McReavy said: “I’d like to pay tribute to all the swimming instructors for their dedication, hard work and expertise.”