Latest winners of Swim Star Awards announced by coaches

Gold award winner Andrew James, who was selected by his teacher Sharon Treadwell.

Gold award winner Andrew James, who was selected by his teacher Sharon Treadwell.

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Young swimmers received an early Christmas present when Bridlington Sports Centre announced the latest winners of its Swim Star Awards.

After each 10-week block of lessons, the teachers and coaches select youngsters who have made strong progress or great effort.

The winner of the gold award for the past couple of months was Andrew James, who was nominated by Sharon Treadwell.

She said: “Andrew has progressed brilliantly. His confidence and swimming skills improve every lesson. He loves to have fun during his lessons.”

Leighton Watson took the silver award after was nominated by Andrew Walker, who said “At Leighton’s first lesson I thought he couldn’t touch the floor as he is quite small but he got the confidence to try.

“The water level goes to his chin so it is really difficult for him to push and glide, but he has managed to achieve it and swim in deeper water without platforms.

“He still has work to be done but he has the determination for it even though its twice as difficult for him.”

Connie Melles was nominated by Kyle Mummery and won the bronze award.

He said: “Connie is a joy to teach, since I started teaching her she has been interested and enthusiastic anout learning to better herself at swimming.

“She is now at an extremly good standard for her age, I could not be happier with Connie”.

Other youngsters who were nominated this time included Emily Dunn, who was nominated by Abbiee Scott-Cook. She said: “Emily tries extremly hard every single week, always putting in 100% effort no matter how hard the lesson is.

Layla Buckley was nominated by Anneliese Charlton. “Layla is doing really well and tries her hardedst and has achieved grade one.”

Coach Geoff Edmond said of Nathan Sonier: “Nathan has come on a long way, his improvement is excellent, he listens and works hard.”