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Heather starts a new chapter

Heather starts a new chapter

After teaching swimming to children across the region for more than 30 years, Heather Richardson of Tanunda retired from The Rex Barossa Aquatic Fitness on Friday.

Heather became a familiar face to many during the summer seasons, teaching VACSWIM and school swimming initially at the Nuriootpa Swimming Pool. Her talents progressed to Tanunda Swimming Pool, where she also held the position of instructor in charge before she started teaching at the pool in the former rec centre all year round.

While she initially thought retirement would come when The Rex was completed, Heather looked forward to nearly five more years of being in the region’s purpose built facility.

Reflecting on her journey, Heather said she has enjoyed being able to teach children how to swim.

“I love the kids and getting them to work and be able to achieve what they need to do,” said Heather.

Heather has drawn on her Royal Life Saving instructor and Royal Life Saving examiner qualifications to teach swimming through all the levels.

She has also been rewarded in teaching children with special needs, adding she loves to see them achieve anything.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.