Alex is Swimtastic
Alex Maddren was invited to Birmingham on November 16th 2013 by the ASA as she was nominated by RLSS for a Swimtastics award after saving her cousins life in April this year.
Nine year old Alex was holidaying at a holiday park in Thirsk with her family, where they had all gone along to the pool at the park. The pool was not manned by a lifeguard and children were not allowed in alone.
The pool bottom was shallow at both ends but deeper in the middle. Unwittingly Alex’s cousin, aged 7 at the time, who could not swim, managed to drift out of her depth and get herself into difficulty. Alex quickly used her experience and Rookie Lifeguard training that she had gained at Billingham Forum Rookies session on a Monday evening and put it into action.
Alex approached her cousin and swam behind her, trying to take hold of her chin to tow her back to safety, but her cousin was panicking and fought off Alex not letting her take hold of her chin. Alex used her initiative and quick thinking and took a series of big breaths, submerged, took hold of her cousin under the armpits and pushed her back to safety where she could once again stand on the pool floor.
On hearing of Alex’s rescue the RLSS UK awarded her with the Young Persons Certificate of Commendation in July this year and went on to nominate her for the ASA Swimtastics award.
As a nominee Alex was invited to swim with the stars at Cocks Moor Leisure Centre, where she experienced a water polo session with GB water polo players Fiona McCann and Claire Nixon. Synchronised swimming with GB stars Sophie Randall and Genevieve Randall and fun relays with GB swimmers Jack Burnell and James Guy. Afterwards she attended the awards dinner at Edgbaston Stadium where she was awarded a trophy by Steve Parry for third place at the Swimtastics dinner where she had dinner with Olympian Ross Davenport.
It was a fantastic opportunity for Alex, she had an amazing time, one that it will take her a long time to forget. All members of Billingham Forum Lifesaving club are extremely proud of Alex, being able to put the skills in which she was trained, into use.
For further information on Lifesaving contact Billingham Forum on (01642) 551381 or visit www.teesactive.co.uk