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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 226

Date:- 07 November 2005

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Olympians to reward St. Annes swimming star

A LOCAL schoolgirl who has overcome illness to achieve outstanding results as a swimmer is to receive an award. Jennifer Richards (11) from St. Annes, Lancashire, suffers from Raynaud’s, dermatomyositis and systemic sclerosis, which causes significant joint pain and blood supply problems causing temperature control issues when in the pool. Now with medication, Jennifer has started swimming again and gradually built up strength and confidence. Jennifer has won an Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) Swimtastic award for Outstanding Achievement in swimming after earning ASA Awards for Water Skills levels 3-6 and Swimming Challenge Bronze in just over 3 years. Jennifer has been invited to take part in the Swimtastic swimming festival and Gala Dinner with some of her heroes from the GB Olympic and World Championship swimming teams, and Tony the Tiger from Kellogg’s Frosties.

Jennifer said: “I’m surprised but really pleased with my award and can’t wait to swim and meet the GB swimmers”.

A host of swimming stars will be at the event, including, Olympic Bronze Medallist Steve Parry, Double Commonwealth Gold Medallist and former world record holder Sarah Price, European Springboard Diving Champion Tony Ally, four times Athens Paralympic Gold Medallist David Roberts and the British National Synchronised Swimming Champion Jenna Randall.

Steve Parry said:- “It is great to see kids like Jennifer overcoming difficulties to enjoy and be successful in the water. She should be really proud of her achievements and these ASA awards were introduced to recognise the determination and strength of people like Jennifer. Well done!”

The Awards Dinner is organised by the UK’s governing body for Swimming, the Amateur Swimming Association, in partnership with Award Scheme Sponsor, Kellogg’s Frosties. It is held every year with the aim of honouring those who have made an enormous effort to undertake their sport often ‘against all odds’
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...continued... David Sparkes, Chief Executive of the ASA said:- “I would like to congratulate all of our winners. There are so many exceptional success stories from the Kellogg’s Frosties ASA Awards Scheme that we are proud to be able to reward at least some of them at this special event.”

The Kellogg’s Frosties ASA Awards Scheme has helped swimmers like Jennifer for many decades with funds generated being channelled back into the promotion of grass roots swimming. The Swimtastic festival and Gala Dinner will be held on Friday 18 November 2005 in Stratford-upon-Avon.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES FOR A SKYDIVE CHALLENGE?

IF you are the kind of person who likes a challenge then this could be just the thing for you. A charity which funds research into a cure for muscle diseases is now offering readers the chance to really reach for the sky!

Throughout the coming months you could experience the exhilaration of a skydive parachute jump FREE OF CHARGE! The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is giving you the chance to enjoy this incredible opportunity just by raising the minimum sponsorship (from £280 depending on the type of jump you choose).

Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft at 10,000 feet – the wind is ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Then its go, go, go as you start to freefall at over 120mph! You’re harnessed to a professional parachute instructor who helps you to glide safely back to the drop zone below, so you don’t even need any previous experience.

Charles Horton, Regional Fundraising Manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign says:- “You can make a difference by helping to raise funds for our continuing work into a cure for muscle disease – and enjoy a life changing experience at the same time”.

Dates are now available for the next few months at various parachute sites around the UK and an information pack is available by ringing the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign office on 01244 403012 or by e-mailing charlesh@muscular-dystrophy.org.

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