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Schoolboy goes to great lengths to land swimming survival award

By Staff Reporter

AN ARDS schoolboy has made a splash after going from a complete swimming novice to being awarded a gold personal survival badge in just two years.

Adam Purce completed all 10 awards under Ards Borough Council's Waves swim programme at Ards Leisure Centre, which offers swimming lessons in a small group environment and has just opened enrolment for September.

Neil Pratt, swimming co-ordinator for Ards Leisure Centre, explained it is a commendable achievement given that Adam started the programme aged five.

He said: "Adam started on the Waves swimming programme in April 2010 aged five and by September 2012 aged seven he had gone from complete beginner to achieving his gold personal survival badge, successfully completing 10 awards.

"All children participating in the Waves programme will receive personal coaching, and have the opportunity to complete different swimming badges and awards to record their progress."

The Waves swimming programme offers lessons for children of all abilities, from complete beginner to more advanced personal survival and lifesaving skills.

Speaking about her experience of the Waves swim programme Adam's mother Nicky said:"The excellent coaches at Ards Leisure Centre encouraged Adam the whole way through each award, teaching him basic swimming strokes and progressing to more advanced personal survival skills in the space of two years.

"Their support was instrumental in helping him to accomplish such a remarkable achievement and I would recommend the Waves programme to other parents who want their children to learn to swim in a nurturing setting."

Enrolment for the September Waves programme is open from August 24.

For further information please contact Ards Leisure Centre on 028 9181 2837.

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