How swimming lessons at Trinity pool helped a Cannington 10- year- old to swim his way to a life changing scholarship
When ten-year old Austin Ranson from Cannington near Bridgwater first began swimming lessons at Trinity Sports & Leisure, little did he and his family realise that it would be the start of a life changing journey which would see him winning a swimming scholarship to the prestigious Mount Kelly School at Tavistock in Devon.
Austin is set to join the school as a border in September, an establishment which has produced an impressive roll call of elite international swimmers and Olympians such as Sharon Davies and Mark Foster.
When Austin began lessons at Trinity Sports & Leisure 1610 staff soon spotted and nurtured his potential and guided him towards competitive club swimming with Bridgwater ASC. Austin progressed further and excelled at numerous swimming competitions.
His mum Colette says having local superb facilities and specialist swimming staff was key in unlocking Austin’s swimming potential; “The staff at Trinity helped immensely in developing Austin’s confidence and ability, he loves going there because there is a very supportive atmosphere. They also have excellent links with Bridgwater swimming club which was also crucial in supporting Austin. For us as a family having such good local facilities ten minutes away was very important so he could get enough time in the pool without us spending hours driving him in the car.”
Austin currently trains at Trinity for an average of five and a half hours per week but soon he will be swapping the Bridgwater pool to swim alongside the elite swimmers at Mount Kelly.
Mum Colette is very proud of his achievement; “We are all so thrilled for Austin as Mount Kelly will allow him to pursue his swimming and academic potential in a balanced way. It really will be life changing for him and we are very proud of all the hard work he has put in. He has also had great grass roots support from 1610 staff and the Bridgwater Swimming Club who have helped to make this all possible.”
1610 Swim and Sports Development Manager Ricky Hayes says that it is not just young swimmers who can benefit from the expertise and facilities at Trinity Sports & Leisure; “We are delighted that Austin has done so well and wish him all the best for the future. His story shows how young swimming talent can be nurtured to follow a pathway into competitive swimming with Bridgwater Swimming Club and beyond. The facilities and specialist knowledge we have at Trinity help swimmers from all ages, such as Rich Hill who in his thirties is achieving some of the best times of his career through smart training and access to great facilities.”
For more information about Trinity Sports & Leisure Swim school please Tel 01278 429119.