Marine is Swimming Teacher of the Year

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Hucknall Leisure Centre’s Marine Mace is celebrating this week after winning the Kellogg’s Swimtastic Swimming Teacher of the Year Award.

In a glittering ceremony that followed a day of fun in the pool with Britain’s top swimming stars, Marine was declared the Gold Award winner in the Top Teacher category.

“I felt like a star for the day and just couldn’t believe it when I won the gold award,” said Marine of Alfreton Road, Underwood. “The ceremony was just like the Oscars and it was very exciting with big screens.

“It was very glitzy and glamorous - it was all rather surreal.”

It was a group of young Saturday morning swimming students who attend lessons with Marine at the Linby Road centre, who put her forward for the award.

“I feel really privileged to be nominated,” added Marine. “The girls and their parents who nominated also came to the ceremony and when my name was called out they were thrilled.”

Kevin Tyrrell, the swim lesson manager at Hucknall and Edgewood Leisure Centres, said the whole team was proud of Marine.

“This is a fantastic achievement and we were all very proud when Marine walked up to collect the Gold Award for Top Teacher 2013.”