19th May, 2022

CV Life celebrates Downs Syndrome Awareness Month with super swimmer’s story

YOUNG swimmer, Charly, who has Downs Syndrome, has been making waves at CV Life as she hits milestones and personal bests in the water.

Charly, 12, has been swimming since she was a baby and continues to make progress after being told she may never have the ability to swim properly.

Born with a hole in her heart, she was extremely unwell from birth.

Charly has now built up her strength and uses swimming to continue to improve both her physical and mental wellbeing.

Lydia, Charly’s Mum, said: “We have always been parents that will never stop our girls from trying out things they wanted to get involved in.

“Charly used to watch her older sister swim each week and she so desperately wanted to try it too.

“So, after attending a couple of different swim schools, we have now found Aquarius Swim School where Charly attends the Xcel Leisure Centre, weekly.

“Now swimming with teacher Ravi, she is progressing more than ever.

“It’s so important that as a young person with Downs Syndrome, that she understands water safety and how to look after herself in the water.”

Ravi Nakra, Aquarius Swim School Teacher, added: “Here at CV Life and Aquarius, we give all of our students the same respect and challenge them all with their abilities in mind.

“Just like we see with Charly, progress is always the outcome and it’s so rewarding to see.

“Alongside this, Charly’s disability is taken very seriously, and we understand that she needs additional support to maintain her progress.

Lydia would recommend swimming to children of all abilities and states it can be done relatively cheaply.

Aquarius Swim Schools prices and times can be found on the CV Life website.

More information on Aquarius Swim School can be found on the Aquarius pages online.

Learn more about Downs Syndrome Awareness Month.

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