Kara Williams, who works at Exmouth LED Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre has been recognised as the Swimming Teacher of the Year.

The award given to her by Swim England, received a gold award at the national awards event in Birmingham this weekend, (November 11).

Kara works at the leisure centre delivering group and 1:1 swimming lessons and also works at the Deaf Academy as a communication support worker. She has dedicated her career to supporting children with additional needs and striving for inclusion and access to water safety for all. She frequently delivers alternative communication lessons, and presents in BSL for Deaf swimmers.

"An amazing achievement for Kara and for Exmouth as a whole to be recognised at such a prestigious award ceremony for the aquatic disciplines."

Swim England National Awards 2023 recognise teachers across the UK who provide quality lessons week in week out. They are motivated to improve their swimmers’ standards and go the extra mile to ensure they deliver the best quality, inclusive learning experience for their swimmers. They strive to inspire the next generation of teachers.

A spokesman for the awards said: "Winners were announced at a live ceremony from a variety of awards categories. The awards recognise and celebrate the incredible spirit of aquatics by showcasing individuals, groups and organisations for their passion, dedication and outstanding commitment.

"The event will also see the return of the Swim England Hall of Fame, recognition of our Breakthrough Athletes and presentations of the Harold Fern and Alfred H Turner awards.

"In 2023, additional awards will also be recognised, which range from Swimming Teacher, Swim School and Educator of the Year awards, plus the brand new Inclusion Impact Award."