The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

THE work and pas­sion of New Nor­folk swim teacher Stacey Benson has been recog­nised with the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swim­ming and Wa­ter Safety award.

Mrs Benson said she did what she did be­cause she loved it but it was nice to be recog­nised.

“I re­did [my train­ing] 18 months ago, be­cause I just felt the town and the com­mu­nity could do with an­other swim teacher here within the town,” she said.

Mrs Benson runs learn to swim and wa­ter safety pro­grams at the New Nor­folk pool as and also works as a fitness in­struc­tor at Free­dom Healh and Fitness.

Free­dom Health and Well­ness owner Stacey Al­dous nom­i­nated Mrs Benson and said she in­spires her stu­dents to learn and makes each of them feel spe­cial.

“When they have her at­ten­tion, they truly have her at­ten­tion,” Mrs Al­dous said.

“Her en­cour­age­ment is so much more than a mono­tone ‘well done’.

“Her tone is full of en­ergy and sim­ply by us­ing their names in an up­beat and fun way, they want to do their very best for her.”

Mrs Benson said swim­ming and wa­ter safety were cru­cial life skills that ev­ery child should have wher­ever they lived.

“There are dams, rivers and lakes so it’s not just teach­ing them to swim, it’s also teach­ing them about wa­ter safety,” she said.

“We en­cour­age chil­dren of all abil­i­ties and fam­i­lies to en­cour­age their chil­dren to swim.”

Mrs Al­dous said Mrs Benson had ex­celled.

“Stacey has taught my kids not only to swim, but to be­lieve in them­selves,” she said. “She ob­vi­ously gets a kick out of see­ing the kids im­prove and loves teach­ing them and they think she is awe­some.”

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