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Young Swimmers Awarded for Fundraising Efforts

Young Swimmers Awarded for Fundraising Efforts
24 October 2014 1035 Views No comments

Two seven-year-olds have been praised for their swimming efforts and earned themselves national awards. Benjamin Staniforth and Zak Frisby from Hucknall have each been given an award to commemorate their swimming skills and charity fundraising, reports the Nottingham Post.

Zak managed to raise a huge £6,177 for Caudwell House children's community home in Southwell by completing a sponsored swim, completing 100 lengths of a swimming pool in just 100 minutes.

Benjamin managed to swim 1,344 lengths – the equivalent of 21 miles, which is the length of the English Channel – at Hucknall Leisure Centre. This feat raised money for the children's charity Wish Upon aStar.

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) gave both youngsters a gold award as part of the organisation's Swimtastic Awards 2014. Zak received the Fundraiser of the Year Award, while Benjamin was given the Young Swimmer of the Year Award.

Benjamin completed his swim over a series of sessions, with Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead coming to watch him swim the last mile. His efforts helped him to raise £4,779, which will be used to send ill children to Lapland to visit Father Christmas in December.

Both youngsters picked up their awards on Saturday (October 18th) in Birmingham. They are members of Everyone Active in Hucknall and completed their challenges during the summer holidays.

If your little ones are interested in raising money by swimming, you can give them the best start by ensuring that they develop their skills at an early age. Konfidence's buoyancy aids can help to support children while learning to swim and make sure they are happy in the water.

No matter how old your child, giving them the support they need to improve water confidence, and in turn their swimming ability, could see them becoming strong swimmers in the future. This means they can follow in Zak and Benjamin's footsteps and use a sport they love to raise money for very worthy causes.