Community swimming group, Swim Dem Crew, have been recognised at the annual British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) for their outstanding work encouraging adults from all backgrounds to learn how to swim.
Held on Saturday (6 February) at Grosvenor House in London, the evening celebrated the achievements and contribution of people from black and minority ethnic communities in sport.
Nominated by the ASA, Swim Dem Crew was awarded the Sport England Community Project of the Year Award following the success of their social swim sessions and swimming lesson programme.
Accepting the award alongside fellow members, Peigh Asante, Nathaniel Cole and Andy Akinwolere, GLL swimming teacher Harley Hicks, said: “In a lot of our projects, people seem to have the perception that everyone else can swim apart from themselves, but actually one fifth of adults in the country can’t swim.
“Two of the guys here with me on stage only learned to swim in the last few years; they learned to swim as adults and are now helping to change the perception of swimming. So it’s never too late to learn how to swim.”
Swim Dem Crew was founded in 2013 around a love of swimming. Last year, with the support of the Swimming Trust, they successfully challenged a group of non-swimmers to take part in the Great Manchester Swim. Now the group holds weekly swimming sessions at different pools in London, providing a social space for people to get together and become more confident in the water.