Champion Inspires Children With Disability to Learn to Swim

25 November 2019
Toni Shaw in the pool

Learn to Swim

Toni Shaw, Learn to Swim ambassador, in the pool at the launch of #SeeMyAbility.

Aberdeen-based athlete Toni Shaw, a multi medallist at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships, helped launch Scottish Swimming’s #SeeMyAbility campaign, which aims to encourage children with a disability to learn to swim as part of the National Learn to Swim Framework, proudly supported by Scottish Water.

The National Learn to Swim Framework is an inclusive programme that develops opportunities and provides a progressive pathway for children with a physical, sensory or learning impairment. Scottish Swimming support Learn to Swim Providers across Scotland to ensure inclusion of children with a disability in their mainstream programmes.

Toni Shaw said: “I’m really proud to be an ambassador for the Learn to Swim Framework and really pleased that children with a disability are taught in inclusive learn to swim environments. If there’s someone with a disability and the swimming teachers are aware of the impairment the lessons can be adapted.

“It’s great to develop as a swimmer and be seen beyond my disability. This has helped me integrate into a performance environment where I get to train alongside other world-class athletes.” 

“Scottish Swimming’s vision is ‘everyone can swim’ and learning to swim is an activity for all regardless of ability or disability and the whole swimming pathway can be taught in an inclusive way.”

Paul Wilson 
Disability Performance Development Manager, Scottish Swimming

Scottish Swimming hope the #SeeMyAbility campaign will get parents to talk more openly about their child’s disability and encourage them to get their child into mainstream swimming environments. At the same time swimming teachers and coaches will be provided with a resource toolkit to help them teach and coach in an inclusive way.

Paul Wilson, Disability Performance Development Manager, Scottish Swimming said: “Scottish Swimming’s vision is ‘everyone can swim’ and learning to swim is an activity for all regardless of ability or disability and the whole swimming pathway can be taught in an inclusive way.”

The National Learn to Swim Framework aims to raise standards and achieve consistency in swimming programmes across Scotland and is proudly supported by Scottish Water. 

Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Water, also commented on the campaign: “We are proud to support the National Learn to Swim Framework and are delighted that it will have reached more than 100000 children across Scotland giving inclusive opportunities for all children to become confident, competent and safe swimmers.”

More information on the National Learn to Swim Framework can be found on the dedicated website: http://www.learntoswim.scot/.