Swim star is making waves

Young swimmer Lucy Forrester.
Young swimmer Lucy Forrester.

THIS Amble youngster has been causing a splash, by impressing with her talents in the pool.

Seven-year-old Lucy Forester has swum to success, reaching a nationally-accepted standard in really quick time.

The Amble First School pupil cut the mustard under the watchful eye of Amy Laverick, a qualified swimming teacher and assistant manager at the town’s Granary Leisure Complex, at Amble Links.

The talented youngster managed to reach Stage 7 of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) when she was six years old, meaning she had developed quality stroke techniques, among other things.

And Amy paid tribute to star pupil Lucy, after admitting the youngster had reached that level in impressive time.

“I have never taught anybody so young who was of that standard and completed the stages so quickly,” she said.

“Lucy was always so keen to learn. Everything I said she took on board straight away and she was so easy to teach.”

The NPTS is the national syllabus produced by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons.

It is already the most successful sports programme of its kind and the syllabus is currently being implemented in more than 1,000 swimming programmes nationwide, as well as being adopted overseas as a model of good practice.

Stages 1 to 7 – which Lucy has completed – help develop the core range of fundamental skills that children need to be confident, competent and safe in the water and are designed primarily for five to nine-year-olds.

Lucy’s mum, Kathryn Forester, said: “I am immensely proud of her. It was through sheer determination and was also thanks to Amy.

“Lucy had been taken lessons with Amy for a couple of years and they seemed to gel together and it just worked.

“She really helped Lucy progress.”

Kathryn added: “She has always been a water baby but when I got her lessons she took to it really quickly.”

Lucy is now hoping to join the Alnwick Dolphins to continue her progress in the pool. There are a further three stages – 8 to 10 – of the NPTS, which offer the opportunity to develop skills from disciplines such as diving and water polo and can be taken once the swimmer has gone through Stages 1 to 7.