A swimming school in Portsmouth has been selected to receive monetary support from the Swimathon Foundation. 

Think Swim applied for the grant as part of Swimathon Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund, announced last month.

The Hampshire-based swim school operates from the Holiday Inn Portsmouth and offers small classes, specialising in teaching anxious swimmers or those who struggle in busier environments. The organisation provides lesson for all ages and abilities, including those with special educational needs and adult beginners.

The Swimathon Foundation grant will allow them to get back up and running once the pools begin to re-open.

Victoria Wright from Think Swim said:

 The first two months of the lock down were really hard both personally and financially, my business was falling through the cracks of all government support; so I applied for a grant from the Swimathon foundation, and found out last Friday I was successful and I am so grateful. This will enable me to continue to update my NRASTC (lifesaving and first aid) qualification as well as being able to afford the pool hire for when we eventually reopen. Eventually I was able to apply for a Government backed 'bounce back loan' to cover my loss in income for the entire summer term.”

“I did the Swimathon last year and raised a bit of money for it, so having that bit of support from the swimming community to help a small swim school like mine to continue to provide lessons, I’m really grateful and really surprised.”