Will from Forest Gate overcomes water fear for swim award

Five-year-old swimming star Will Debenham has won an award after he overcame a fear of putting his face in water,

Will, from Forest Gate, was given the Newham Swim School Prize for exceeding his teacher’s expectations, his enthusiasm, and his commitment.

Swimming with the Newham Swim School for two years since he was three-years-old, Will’s prize was a certificate and a leisure centre goody bag,

Kathy Harvey, swimming teacher at Balaam, said: “Will started out by watching his sister in her lessons then wanted to join himself.

“He has always been nervous in water and feared putting his face in the water which has held him back in his swimming development.

“A few weeks ago, he turned a corner and is now putting his face in the water.

“This then increased his confidence and he started swimming.

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“For this reason, I nominated Will for this great achievement.”

Newham Swim School, based at the Balaam, Newham, and East Ham Leisure Centres, is a swimming development programme open to all ages and abilities that also teaches water safety skills.

Enrollment is ongoing so to join, ask at reception, call 020 7476 5274 or visit www.better.org.