Elise has hemiplegia which affects her right arm and leg. I never knew whether Elise would be able to swim as she has very little use of her right arm. We tried swimming lessons before we found Teamipswich Swimming and got nowhere. Not long after we found Teamipswich, Elise was swimming by herself. She now swims at competition level and trains 2 - 3 times a week.
As a parent I was initially worried about taking Elise to sessions that were just for disabled children, but she has made many friends and her self confidence has grown. It is so important for her to have something she is good at and mix with children who have some of the same difficulties as her.
I began volunteering poolside about 2 years ago as I wanted to help and last year I completed my ASA Teaching Aquatics Level 1 qualification. I now teach other children while Elise is swimming. Teaching is really rewarding and I get a lot of enjoyment out of helping.
Hannah, Mum of Elise