Annual Devon SEND swimming gala makes a splash

28 March 2019

WESC Foundation held the Devon SEND (special educational needs and disability) Swimming Gala earlier this month at its Exeter campus.

Bradbury Water Therapy Centre at WESC Foundation, home of the Devon SEND Swimming Gala

90 students from nine schools across the county spent the morning of 20th March 2019 at the Bradbury Water Therapy Centre, taking part in over 30 races. Traditional competitions such as freestyle and front crawl were followed by events including the Taxi Shuttle Run and a ‘push and glide’ competition.

The swimming gala is an annual event organised by Tim Green (WESC Foundation’s Water Therapy Centre Supervisor) and Andy Maker (Mill Brook School), in conjunction with Active Devon. Pupils from schools across the county were invited, and WESC Foundation was represented by its own team, which took part in a range of races.

Swimming is an important therapeutic and social activity for WESC Foundation’s own students. Most of the young people – all of whom have a visual impairment and other additional needs – access some form of water therapy each week. Over 700 people from the local community access the pool each week, including Exeter Swimming Club, The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, and some of the city’s parent and baby groups.

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