Two volunteers from the Central YMCA Positive Health Programme have been awarded a community award by the ASA - swimming’s governing body
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Two volunteers from the Central YMCA Positive Health Programme have been awarded a community award by the ASA - swimming’s governing body.
Hilary Fassnidge and Martin Purcell were presented with the Kellogg’s ASA Swimtastic ‘Community Project of the Year Award’ by Olympic diver Nick Robinson-Baker at a star-studded event in Sheffield on Saturday 5th November.
The annual event celebrates the achievements of swimmers from all ages, including teachers and coaches who drive swimming at grass roots level. Katie Brazier, ASA Sponsorship Director said: “this year we were overwhelmed with nominations for 'the ASA Swimtastic Community Project award 2011' so to
get into the top three is an achievement in itself.
The reason the YMCA's Positive Health 'swim group' have been recognised is because of Hilary and Martin's outstanding contribution to training people living with HIV”.
She went onto say “They have inspired so many people to use swimming - sports only true life skill - as an effective exercise."
The ASA and Kellogg’s - the event’s sponsor - invited all the finalists for a day of fun at the Ponds Forge, Sheffield, where they were able to swim with past Olympic and Commonwealth champions and future hopes for London 2012 Olympics and Para Olympics. They included: Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist James Goddard; Olympian and diving champion Nick Robinson-Baker; Para Olympic hopefuls James and Emma Hollis and Claire Cashmore, to name but a few.
The Positive Health Programme is a medical referral scheme that introduces HIV positive individuals to exercise in a non-clinical setting. Over the last fourteen years the programme has helped improve the quality of life of thousands of individuals, helping them to manage fluctuating conditions associated with HIVHI.
Sam Fraser, Positive Health coordinator said: “We are so thrilled that the ASA have recognised the hard work that Hilary and Martin put into our swim programme. One of Positive Health’s main aims is to break down the barriers associated with gyms: our swim group does that and much more besides, it is one of out best attended and most sociable groups.”
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