The Mayor of Sandbach, Councillor Gillian Merry, recently visited the Aquarius Disability Swim Club at the school.
The club meets on Monday evenings, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and has recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. The club has decided to try and raise its profile and increase awareness of its existence around the Sandbach areas, and it has recently joined the Sandbach Partnership. Club chairman Alan Welch met The Mayor at the Sandbach Partnership AGM and invited The Mayor and her Consort (Mr. Keith Merry) to visit the club.
Although Councillor Merry is a school governor, on this occasion she was visiting in her civic role. Councillor Merry found the visit very interesting and discussed ideas with the club officials. The club has met at the school ever since it was formed on Monday 5th October 1970. In its heyday, it has had over 50 members, plus carers, friends, helpers and parents, and has participated in various competitions and had a social element of Summer and Christmas parties and a gala. Over the past decade, numbers and social activities had decreased and the focus was on recreational and non-competitive swimming. However, due to a change in club officials, the creation of a website, new publicity materials, marketing and partnership working, numbers have now increased and there is very much a feel of togetherness in the ‘Aquarius family’. The club are also planning to enter a team in the 2016 Swimathon. Although the club initially focussed on swimming for those with a disability, nowadays swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome, and ages range from 11 years to retirees. The club also welcomes those who prefer to swim in a quieter and informal setting, as well as those who may be recovering from surgery (e.g. hip replacement, cardio procedures) where swimming may be beneficial to aid post-operative recovery.
For further information, please visit the website www.aquarius-swimming-sandbach.org; or call 07746 425 434.