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Stroke of success for swim teacher.

A COVENTRY swimming teacher is celebrating a stroke of success after receiving a top award.

Sharon Coombes, who teaches at King Henry VIII Prep School and Bablake School, is the first recipient of the Swim Star Swim School Teacher Award.

The accolade was awarded by the Swimming Teachers Association, the world's largest independent swimming teaching and lifesaving association, Sharon, who runs Swim With Sharon swimming school, said: "I have been overwhelmed by all the support I have received from the STA, family and friends. To win this award makes all my hard work worthwhile and I feel very proud to have been awarded the very first Swimming Teachers Award by the STA. I take great pride in my work and I'm very passionate in what I do resulting in satisfaction and pride!" She added: "I was six years old when I learned to swim and by the age of ten I was swimming competitively for Coventry Swimming Club and coached by Olympic BBC commentator Hamilton Bland. Thirty-five years later I started running my own swimming school business and now teach over 300 children a week."

Zofia Houlston, head of marketing at STA, said: "Our Swim Star Swim School Teacher Awards have been created so that we can celebrate the brilliant work of our swimming teachers.

"Sharon receives our first award, since launching the scheme earlier this year, because we were overwhelmed with the show of support she received in her nomination from her parents and students.

"We are proud to present Sharon with this award in recognition of her hard work and dedication in teaching children how to learn to swim."


Sharon Coombes has nbeen awarded the very first STA Swim Star Swim School Teacher Award; inset left, Sharon in her swimming days

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 22, 2015
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