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Awards ceremony recognises swimmers' achievements
The swimming achievements of young people with learning disabilities have been described as "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 have been presented to them.
The swimming lesson programme is just one of several sports, social and leisure activities being used by ERCL's inclusive support team to help young people with a variety of additional support needs realise their full potential.
The swimming award certificates were presented by East Renfrewshire Councillor and ERCL board member, 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 learn-to-swim programme has been an extremely positive and rewarding development and we have watched it grow in such a way that all the children who participate have been able to reach their full potential."
The learn to swim programme was first developed by Karen Baxter and the swimming development team at ERCL led by their lead swimming 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.
"Special thanks is also due to all the swimmers for coming along every week, trying their hardest and making such good progress.
"Thanks must also go to all the parents and carers for their efforts and endeavours whether it has been taking part in the swimming sessions, or ensuring children get there and enjoy themselves."
Created on 31 May 2016