Earlier this year we caught up with Catherine Griffiths, one of our swimming regulars who broke a personal goal of hers – swimming 1 mile in the pool. Catherine swam her goal – 64 lanes to raise money for a charity very close to her heart: Enham Trust. Read her brilliant story below.
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Fitness challenges are tough for everyone, and if you have a disability these challenges can sometimes become even harder…that wasn’t the case for Catherine Griffiths. Catherine has learning difficulties, is hard of hearing and also suffers from mobility problems after breaking her leg; but none of that stops her from partaking in her favourite sport – swimming.
Last year, Catherine set herself her own personal goal of swimming one mile (an equivalent of 64 lengths) in the pool at Andover Leisure Centre all in aid of raising money for a cause close to her heart: Enham Trust. Enham’s mission is to maximise opportunities for disabled people to choose how they live their lives.This isn’t the first swimming challenge that she has set herself, Catherine was involved in the ‘Twin Swim’ competition a few years ago with her sister Sarah who she lives with in their Enham bungalow. This challenge saw the two of them swim 30 lengths each (the same amount that Catherine swims for each training session!)
“Swimming is a great form of exercise, and I just really enjoy being in the water”
In total, Catherine has raised over £300 which will go towards the building of ten new bungalows for Weston Court residential homes so that others who share similar disabilities can live an independent life just like her and her sister, Sarah currently do.
It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Catherine, we look forward to seeing what her next challenge will be!