Dedicated Maureen has taught thousands of kids how to swim
MAUREEN Edwards has helped thousands of kids to learn to swim – and she is now teaching their children the ways of the water.
Maureen, who has been teaching children to swim at Erewash Valley Swimming Club since 1981, has now been nominated for a Community Champions award.
The 74-year-old said: "We first became involved with swimming after my daughter was hit by a car.
"Swimming was good for her because it helped her use her arms and legs. We started at Ilkeston Swimming Club from 1972 to 1981. Then we joined Erewash and they needed more people to teach, so I was trained up."
Maureen, of Dale Road, Spondon, has taught thousands of children at the club during the past 32 years. She said: "It's lovely walking into the village as I see so many people I know.
"And at the club now children that I taught are bringing their kids."
Every Sunday morning at 8am, Maureen goes to the Queen's Street Leisure Centre in Derby and teaches children aged from five to seven.
She said: "It's so lovely watching the kids develop and I enjoy teaching so much."
Maureen, a former clerical worker at the Prudential in Derby, is also a past president of the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association and is a qualified life-saver.
She was nominated by Lisa Philips.
Lisa, whose two children attend the club, said: "She is a phenomenal ambassador for swimming and she teaches every Sunday without fail."
This year's Community Champions Awards are being organised by the Mayor's Office and are sponsored by the Derbyshire Building Society and Derby County Football Club.
The categories are: carer of the year, fund-raiser of the year, cultural champion, diversity, achieving against the odds, children in the community, courage, extra mile; great neighbour, kindness to animals, unsung sporting hero, the Chief Constable's special award, the Mayor's volunteer award and the "be inspiring" award.