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Preston Swimming Club, the latest swimming club to be part of the disability swimming Hub Club initiative, launched the project with a fantastic swimming event for swimmers with a disability.
The Hub Club initiative is an ASA led programme designed to increase the number of people with a disability accessing swimming opportunities. Preston Swimming Club is the Hub Club for Lancashire, it provides an assessment opportunity for anyone with a disability who is interested in getting involved in swimming.
The launch event was held at West View Leisure centre, where 28 disabled swimmers had the opportunity to experience swimming.
Teachers and Coaches from the club delivered expert swimming drills and practices to swimmers with a range of impairments. All swimmers had the opportunity to learn and develop their swimming skills and be signposted into further swimming opportunities suited to their individual needs.
The event was fantastically well attended by swimmers with varying disabilities and swimming ability, as well as young and older swimmers, demonstrating how well Preston SC have engaged with disabled people across the community. The launch was also attended by Preston Swimming Club disability swimmer Jack Bridge, who has competed for Great Britain at the European Disability Swimming Championships.
Preston SC are working closely with Preston Panthers, a local multi-disability sports club, to provide the members of Preston Panthers with an opportunity to go swimming and also be coached by experienced and qualified teachers and coaches from Preston SC. This link with the club aims to encourage more swimmers to move into a mainstream club environment.
The swim links sessions run on Saturdays at West View Leisure Centre, alongside the Hub Club Assessment
Profile: Steph Slater
I joined Preston Swimming when I was 4yrs old and started competing competitively at 9yrs old. In my time at Preston Swimming Club I also had the opportunity to take my Level 1 and Level 2 teaching awards too. I have also helped out on poolside with the Micro league teams, teaching and the Disability hub club.
Throughout my teenage years at the club I had achieved:
Representing the Lancashire County Team
England Schools at the W.I.S.E competition
England North at the UK School Games
Representing North West at British Colleges
Representing University of Central Lancashire at B.U.C.S Championships
The Great Britain Team at Tri Nations Cup
I won my first national medals at the ASA Youth National Championships in 2008. I won gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 200m breaststroke. I then won gold in the 50m breaststroke in the ASA Open Nationals 2008.
In 2011 things suddenly changed and I sustained nerve damage to my arm which ended my able bodied swimming career. I was fortunate enough to attend the London 2012 Paralympics Games as a Gamesmaker which inspired me to get back in the pool as a Para Swimmer. I approached Steve Heaps at the club and asked if he would help me get back in the pool. After 3months back in the water I got nationally classified by British Swimming and I was back into the swing of training just with the one arm.
My achievements in Para swimming so far:
1 Gold and 2 Sliver at the 2013 World Championships
Sliver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games 2014
7 Golds at the European Championships 2014
6 Long Course British Records
4 Short Course British Records
2 Short Course European Records
6 Long Course European Records
S8 50m Butterfly, S8 100m Butterfly Long Course World Records
34pt 4×100 Medley Relay Long Course World Record
I now train at the Para Swimming National Performance Centre in Manchester but still compete for Preston Swimming Club.