Young swimmer with cerebral palsy determined not to let condition hold her back

A seven-year-old girl living with cerebral palsy is determined to rise above her condition in order to pursue her favourite hobby of swimming.

Zoe Goode, Oswestry, suffered a brain haemorrhage at birth which resulted in numerous health complications, ranging from cerebral palsy and learning difficulties to moderate deafness.

However, the bright young swimmer has been pushing through several key stages of swimming – having aced stages one, two and three and recently moved on to stage four.

The youngster, who previously struggled with swimming but desperately wanted to get more involved with the sport, has managed to achieve her ambitions by signing up to ‘Alpha Classes’ at her local leisure centre.

By joining the classes, she has benefited from expert guidance from a local swimming instructor named Karen Rogers, who has 34 years’ experience in the field.

“Karen was able to spend time with Zoe in the smaller class size to build her confidence and to understand her physical limitations and communication issues due to her deafness,” said Zoe’s mother, Sally.

“We are so thankful that Zoe has the opportunity to have swimming lessons with the best swimming teacher ever, Karen ‘Curly’ Rogers at the fantastic swimming facility at Oswestry Leisure Centre. Curly is simply fantastic!

“As her parents, my husband and I are just bursting with pride. She just keeps on smiling, persevering and achieving, showing her cerebral palsy and deafness exactly who’s the boss!”

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