Three more golds for Jeanette
PUBLISHED: 12:29 19 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:30 20 February 2013
High Wycombe club's Paralympic swimming star shines in canoe
High Wycombe based Horizon Sports Club are thrilled after their senior swimming coach and patron Jeanette Chippington won three gold medals in different canoe and kayak categories at the Paracanoe World Championships in Poland.
Horizon is a charity that gives disabled and special needs children and young people the chance to discover the pleasures of sport and her success and active interest in Horizon provides a tremendous inspiration for the charitys young sports lovers.
Jeanette, who was paralysed from the waist down after contracting a virus at 12 years old, was a Paralympic swimming star before her recent enthusiasm for canoeing. She won two gold, four silver and six bronze swimming medals for the UK at five Paralympic Games from Seoul in 1988 to Athens in 2004 as well as medals at a number of European and international swimming events over 20 years. During her Paralympic career she met and married Stuart and has two children, Ben and Ria. Shes pictured in a Vaa outrigger canoe.
Anita Templar of Horizon said that everyone at the club was immensely proud of their swimming coach. Jeanette is a wonderful example to us all. Shes a truly great athlete and we are privileged at Horizon to have her professional help, friendship and support.
Horizon is well established in the Wycombe area and offers sensitive professional coaching to teach new skills to children who attend their sessions in their chosen areas of interest, whether gymnastics, swimming, tennis, indoor athletics or youth football. It provides the chance to build on personal achievements, get together with other children and have fun too.
Anita explained that they were looking to increase awareness locally for parents who had children who could benefit, as well as attracting young adults and students as potential coaches and generate sponsorship from local businesses. Recent business support has included winning the High Wycombe Community Project Award initiated by MPS & BBI International (www.high-wycombe-comunity-project.org). Horizon was nominated by Take One Business Communications, also based in High Wycombe, and the award is for 5,000 worth of website design, marketing and communication services provided by MPS & BBI.