Award for North Mundham girl with Paralympic spirit

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WITH the 2012 Paralympics in full swing this week, a North Mundham girl is proving to be an inspiration to people at Westgate Leisure Chichester.

Lucie Goodman, 11, who is blind, was recently recognised with an award for her courage and determination learning to swim. She attends weekly swimming classes at the centre.

“Sometimes I find swimming hard, but I like using the floats and diving in. My favourite stroke is the back stroke. I really like coming to Westgate and the teachers are nice,” she said.

Westgate swimming teacher, Jane Askham, said: “Lucie has achieved a good standard of swimming over the last year and has always been a pleasure to teach in lessons.”

Lucie was named Achiever of the Year at this year’s Southern Water Learn to Swim awards. She was nominated by the Westgate staff and was presented with the award by former Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew.

The awards are given to children who have displayed one or more of the seven Olympic values in order to overcome particular difficulties or for exceptional performance. Lucie’s mum, Lisa, said: “Swimming has given Lucie independence and she can now come here swimming with her friends.”