Swimming teacher who has taught 'at least 30,000' Croydon...


Swimming teacher who has taught 'at least 30,000' Croydon...
  1. Swimming teacher who has taught 'at least 30,000' Croydon...
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    A swimming teacher who has taught "at least 30,000" schoolchildren how to swim is set to retire.Janet Einecker, 59, has been helping schoolchildren learn the valuable skill since 1985, spending most of her career at Hayes Primary School, in Kenley. Looking back over her long career, the mother-of-two said: "Swimming has been my career, but it has given me a life."Mrs Eineker started swimming at a very young age after she used to get brought along to watch her three…
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A swimming teacher who has taught "at least 30,000" schoolchildren how to swim is set to retire.

Janet Einecker, 59, has been helping schoolchildren learn the valuable skill since 1985, spending most of her career at Hayes Primary School, in Kenley.

Looking back over her long career, the mother-of-two said: "Swimming has been my career, but it has given me a life."

Mrs Eineker started swimming at a very young age after she used to get brought along to watch her three older brothers have swimming lessons in Thornton Heath.

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She was initially told she was too small to join them in the water, but after begging she too had lessons.

"I just swum and I didn't think about it," she said, "I just loved it."

The Thornton Heath-born teacher began taking lessons regularly, and even swam competitively as a teenager.

After becoming a mum, Mrs Einecker began teaching at New Addington's swimming pool, before moving on to the pools in West Wickham and Purley.

But after securing a job at The Hayes Primary School, Mrs Einecker stayed for 32 years.

She said: "I've always loved children, and working with them, for me, seemed like a natural progression.

"I feel very privileged and fortunate to have taught so many children and given them a skill. I feel like if children can learn to do something well, it gives them a good start in life and it gives them the confidence to believe they can do other things well."

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Among some of the children Mrs Einecker feels fortunate to have taught are athletes who have gone on to swim at national level and even in the Commonwealth Games.

But Mrs Einecker's proud moments come daily as she sees the joy children get from learning how to swim.

She said: "There's constantly proud moments. I have had so many ex-pupils say I've gave them confidence to allow them do to anything."

One particular moment Mrs Einecker recalls was when she was teaching a three-year-old, who used a wheelchair, to swim.

She said: "He learned to swim just using his arms, and that was amazing."

The grandmother-of-four teaches roughly 1,400 pupils a week with their ages ranging from two-and-a-half to 17 – with some pupils staying with her from pre-school to adulthood.

Mrs Einecker says she's…

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