YMCA Swim Instructor wins Access and Inclusion Award
The YMCA is proud to announce that AUSTSWIM Queensland has awarded Robyn Somers the Access and Inclusion Presenter of the Year for her work in teaching children with disabilities how to swim.
Robyn Somers has extensive experience and has been teaching with the YMCA for 2 years. During this time she has worked with many children of varying backgrounds and abilities, ages and barriers to be included in swimming programs – whether this be financial, cultural or physical.
“Robyn has the ability to connect with the children she works with inspiring and encouraging them to participate, feel a sense of belonging and achievement to help overcome limitations and learn to swim.” Says Centre Manager – Tamara Price. “She has a way of bringing out the best in each child and consistently demonstrates patience, passion and compassion.”
“The role of a Teacher of Access and Inclusion is varied and challenging, some days just getting the child into the pool is a success – other days you see a child blow bubbles for the first time, or simply just the fulfilment of seeing how a child with a physical disability can relax and enjoy the feeling of weightlessness is the water.” Says Robyn Somers.
Many disabilities have the advantage of feeling less extreme in the water and this increases the children’s ability to enjoy, learn safety skills and develop their ability to swim. Some may be able to swim Backstroke not freestyle due to the nature of the disability – but Robyn teaches to this and all children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and learn skills that they can achieve.
Robyn always says “he/she may not be able to swim perfect freestyle – but look at that smile!”
Robyn is to be presented with her Trophy and Certificate in a small ceremony at YMCA Victoria Point this Friday 19th September at 4.30pm.