Sherwood Resident is a gold medal winnerAt HC-One’s Acacia residential, nursing and memory care home, in Nottingham, after watching the Olympics and Paralympics, Colleagues have been talking to one Resident about his gold medal win in swimming!

Andrew, pictured, lives at Acacia and is their very own gold medal winner. He started to learn to swim at a very young age of six years old. This included swimming front-crawl, back-stroke and breast-stroke. 

Having used to live in Evington, Leicester, with his parents, Andrew attended a day centre where he also learnt woodwork and a recycle workshop, but swimming was his love and passion and he attended the Evington Swimming Centre and St Margaret’s Baths twice a week, every week.

He swam for two decades until 2010 and has won a lot of medals and entered plenty of swimming galas and competitions during the last 40 years. The medals he won were all at Special Olympic events organised by Special Olympics GB!

Andrew won a gold medal at the Leicester Walkers Stadium in 2009 and swam in competitions all around the UK, including Portsmouth, Sheffield and the East Midlands. 

Having a supportive family really helped Andrew, who always went to his galas with his dad and mum. His sister, Rosemary and all the rest of his family were are an incredible support for Andrew. 

Home Manager, Glenys Winson, commented, “We are also very proud of Andrew too, he is a lovely Resident and loves his music, Rugby (Leicester Tigers), and he has a great sense of humour!”

“Watching the Olympic 2021 brought back some very special memories for Andrew.”