4:52pm Tuesday 10th September 2013
A TEENAGE swimmer from Barnton has been honoured for his athletic ability and charity work.
Martin Rodgerson, of Elmwood Road, has been presented with the Goddard Trophy – a trophy awarded to Barnton children as recognition of their ‘exceptional courage or ability’.
The 13-year-old was presented with the trophy at Barnton’s fun day on September 8 after being nominated by his nana Mary Everton.
His proud mum Zoe, who did not know Martin had been nominated until she was contacted by Barnton Parish Council, said: “Martin was very honoured and humbled to receive it.
“I was extremely proud, as was the rest of the family.”
Weaverham High School student Martin has been an active member of Northwich Amateur Swimming Club (NASC) for the last five years.
“He trains five times a week and swims in numerous galas, both as part of the NASC team and also at individual event,” explained Zoe.
“He also attends Northwich Lifesaving Club where he has managed to make it to the National Lifesaving Championships for the last two years running, and has held the title of Junior Open Water Champion for the north west for the last two years.”
As a dedicated member of NASC, Martin was an active campaigner in the club’s bid for an eight lane swimming pool in Memorial Court, attending Cheshire West and Chester Council committee meetings whenever he could.
Away from swimming, Martin is a keen fundraiser and has raised more than £500 for Salford University charity Kidscan through a self-organised sponsored silence and more than £200 from attending a swim camp organised by NASC.
Martin puts his success down to the support of those around him.
He said: “If it wasn’t for my mum and dad taking me to all of these activities and training I would not be able to achieve what I do.
“All of my family are so supportive and encourage me to do my best at all time so it’s a big thank you to all of them along with my coaches and teachers.”
The Goddard Trophy was inaugurated by Ray and Clarice Goddard of The Beech Tree Stores in 1981. It was unearthed again in 2010, with the Barnton Memorial Hall trustees bringing the award back last year.
Zoe added: “To say we are very proud of Martin is an understatement.
“He is totally committed to what he does, he tries hard, encourages other and is extremely disciplined.”
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