In August 2021, Harry moved up from Duckling classes into Stage 1.
Harry was a very nervous swimmer and took a long time to adjust to not having a parent or teaching in the water. Every week Harry tries extremely hard to manage his fear and has been improving a little each week. A few months ago Harry managed to find the courage to submerge his face in the water and since then has gone from strength to strength.
This October half term Harry surprised everyone during a family holiday with his water confidence and even went down "the grown up slides". But most unbelievably of all, mid way through the holiday during an excursion to the zoo/water park Harry asked if he could swim with sea lions. He confidently got in the water with them, listened well to the trainer, played with the sealions, allowed them to kiss him, swim around and under him and even held onto Floyd (his favourite sea lion there) so he could take him for a swim.
Thinking back to how uncertain Harry was about swimming when I first started teaching him over a year ago this is an unbelievable achievement and a memory that will last forever.
My nomination for Harry is based on his determination to overcome his fear of the water and learning that hard work can bring amazing rewards.