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Millward Master Class Inspires Norton Radstock Swimmers

Development continues apace at Norton Radstock Swimming Club which was awarded silver in the Club of the Year category at 2016 ASA Aquatic Awards.

Paralympian Stephanie Millward MBE has held a Backstroke Master Class at the Club. The evening was funded with a swimmer development grant from The Sperring Trust. Head Coach Kay Willcox commented, “What a fantastic opportunity for our swimmers to be coached by a Paralympian gold medallist and world record holder. Stephanie is a great inspiration for others and her infectious smile had everyone beaming by the end of the sessions."

Norton Radstock SC swimmers

Sophie York, fresh from her amazing achievements in Canada at the World Dwarf Games where she won ten medals across a range of sports including swimming, has recently joined NRSC. Sophie had the opportunity to chat to Stephanie who encouraged her to follow her Paralympic dream. Stephanie’s husband Adrian shared a secret with Sophie that she gets very grumpy if she is away from a swimming pool for more than a couple of days. Sophie commented, “Just like me, I love swimming!”

Sophie with Stephanie Millward

Sophie’s mum Sinead commented: “Sport has provided Sophie with some fantastic opportunities, experiences and memories. All of which have helped to increase her confidence, skills and allowed her to develop amazing friendships. Having accessible sporting facilities / clubs enable children with disabilities the chance to undertake sport on an equal footing, enable them to learn valuable skills and feel good about who they are and knowing they can achieve anything in life as well as sport."

If any clubs are interested in Stephanie running a similar session she can be contacted on stephanielmiss@aol.com

On Saturday 7 October 2017, Sophie attended a gala hosted by City of Bristol Aquatics and Swift Inclusive Sport Trust (see News report). Sophie swam in the 25m front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and a relay. She won gold in the front crawl and bronze in the back stroke and was presented with The Amarelle Cup for Junior female endeavour. 

Sophie with The Amarelle Cup for Junior female endeavour

Head Coach Kay Willcox commented, “We are very proud of Sophie. Since joining the club she has been working hard on her body position and kick during training sessions and this hard work has paid off."

For more information on the Club please visit www.nrsc.info

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