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Blog: "I feel brighter and fitter - thank you GOGA!"

In this blog we hear from Asmita, a volunteer in Nottingham, and her journey from participant to volunteer.

Asmita- NottinghamHi I’m Asmita, from Nottingham and I love to swim. I’m originally from Tanzania, where I contracted polio at the age of two, resulting in curvature of my spine and reduced my ability to walk unaided. My family moved to England in 1975, where I attended Aspley Wood School, which focused on supporting disabled children. My swimming journey started during one of my physiotherapy sessions here as I was taught to swim.

I wondered how I was going to be able to swim without the use of my legs, but thanks to my physiotherapists help, I built up my upper body strength and was soon regularly swimming at Beechdale Baths. I also started taking part in sponsor swims to raise funds for the school too. However, when I started college to study English I stopped swimming.

With the encouragement of my son, Christopher, I started swimming again, this time through the Nottingham Get Out Get Active (GOGA) programme. Through GOGA, I have rekindled my passion for swimming. I’ve also lost over a stone in weight and feel better for it. My mood is brighter, I have less stress on my shoulders and I’m loving life!

Thanks to the GOGA Nottingham activities I had the opportunity to start volunteering. I became a registered pool helper for Swim for Health and I started to support others to access swimming sessions. I believe, age is no barrier and I love helping people and giving something back.

I have faced many barriers during my life, but these have made me stronger and more determined to grab every opportunity. I would like to keep volunteering for GOGA Nottingham and eventually become a community champion for the programme.

What I enjoy most about GOGA is meeting the people involved. I also love catching up on what they do and inspiring individuals to get active. When doing activity myself, I feel fantastic, fresh and have greater confidence. In a year, I definitely feel lots brighter, fitter and glowing- thank you GOGA!


About Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Activity Alliance is the creator and lead partner. The programme is funded by Spirit of 2012, Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Find out more about Get Out Get Active here.