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The achievements of disabled swimmers were celebrated at the annual awards evening of Bingham Penguins Swimming Club.

Among the winners was Ryan Wilcock (11) of Valerian Way,Bingham, who won the most improved junior award in the ceremony at the Radcliffe Royal British Legion Hall

Ryan, a pupil at Robert Miles Junior School, Bingham, has been a member of the club for four years.

The swimming club offers swimming opportunities for disabled swimmers of all ages and abilities at Bingham Leisure Centre.

Ryan has an incurable eyesight disorder, which means he is partially sighted, and has Asperger’s syndrome and its associated illnesses.

Despite being very ill for six months, Ryan competed three times last year, each time recording new personal best times.

Ryan said he enjoyed swimming and was pleased to win the award. He said he particularly liked taking part in competitions.

His mother, Mrs Davina Wilcock (36) praised those who volunteered at the club for their work with the swimmers.

She said: “It is fantastic what they do.”

His father, Mr Neil Wilcock (42) said they were really proud when Ryan won the award.

Matthew Filer of Mallow Way, Bingham, a member of the club for three years, won the junior sports person award.

Matthew (11)a pupil of Toot Hill School, Bingham, with cerebral palsy, also takes part in other sporting activities.

He is a member of Bingham Youth Football Club and Bingham Tennis Club, as well as taking part in multi-sports sessions with Nottinghamshire County Council’s junior elite squad.

His mother, Mrs Delyth Filer (41) said the whole family went to the awards evening.

She said: “We were really proud of him when he won.”

Bingham Penguins Swimming Club was launched more than 25 years ago to provide sessions for people with physical and learning disabilities.

Its members compete at national and international levels.

Mrs Carol Halpin, the poolside co-ordinator, said the club had won two awards this year, which was testimony to how all those involved in the club had worked together.

It won club of the year at awards organised by both Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

She thanked those who had financially supported the club.

Winners, junior perseverance award: Adam Redgate; senior perseverance award: Adam Meanwell; junior determination award: Fern Meanwell; senior determination award: Clare Crawford; junior sports person award: Matthew Filer; senior sports person award: Leigh Foster; junior competitor award: Cambell Plant; senior competitor award: Andrew Banks; junior personality award: Adam Blankley; senior personality award: Stuart Quickenden; junior most improved award: Ryan Wilcock; senior most improved award: Andrew Zawadzki; junior outstanding achievement award: Alysha Clark; senior outstanding achievement award: Leah Halpin; junior club service award: Sarah Claxton; senior club service award: Dave Marriott.


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