Youngster wins swim school membership after naming reptilian mascot

Four-year-old Noah Harris has won South Norfolk Council’s competition to name the Swim School turtle

Four-year-old Noah Harris has won South Norfolk Councils competition to name the Swim School turtle. He is pictured here with counicllor Yvonne Bendle, right, and mum, Rebecca Harris. Picture: Courtesy of South Norfolk Council - Credit: Archant

The adorable mascot of a Norfolk swim school has a new name - thanks to a four-year-old boy.

Noah Harris, of Cringleford, won a competition to name South Norfolk Council's swim school turtle with his suggestion - Turbo.

The youngster got a six-month membership of the swim school, which operates at leisure centres in Diss and Wymondham, for his idea.

Yvonne Bendle, South Norfolk councillor, said: 'Congratulations to Noah for coming up with such a splendid name for our turtle.

'Swim school is a great success, with over 1,000 members at our leisure centres in Diss and Wymondham.


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'Swimming is not only good fun it's also very good exercise and an important life skill to learn no matter how old you are - and it's great to see the enthusiastic response to our competition.'

Noah's mum, Rebecca Harris, said: 'Noah had chosen the name Turbo because he liked to swim fast.'

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Turbo the Turtle is the new face of the swim school programme, which runs for 50 weeks of the year.

The all-inclusive programme takes the non-swimmer from their first splash and teaches them to be confident and safe in the water.

Swim school sessions form part of the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) and all of the teachers are certified with the Amateur Swimming Association.

For more information, visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/swim-schoolREAD MORE: A Summer of Swimming: Launch of our campaign to equip youngsters with life-saving skills

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