Paralympian Aaron Moores Launches new sports scheme with council
Paralympian silver medallist Aaron Moores launched the 'On your marks, get set go scheme' alongside Wiltshire Council at Castle Place Leisure Centre today.
The new scheme, funded by Wiltshire Council and Swindon Sports Partnership is hoping to encourage more people of all abilities to get involved in a sports activity and help fund sporting clubs across the county.
Aaron who recently won Sports Personality of the year sat down with Naomi Havergal to talk about the beginning and his life since London 2012.
Where did you first find your love of swimming?
I first did it when I was at Studley Green School and I went into the swimming pool and I couldn't swim, I was scared going into the water and then got more confident and then got into the pool and my teacher started teaching me a bit more and started getting better at it and my teacher told my mum about getting badges and began getting them. I then saw Trowbridge Swimming Club when I was finishing my badges and started getting into the pool and asking them about it and it started from there. My nan has also been taking me swimming most days.
Where did your Paralympics dream come from?
I didn't even expect that I would actually be on the Paralympics team. I was there to enjoy swimming and didn't have any goals until I started getting really good and started feeling like I wanted to get into it.
How did it feel the moment you found out you came second in the swimming at the Paralympics?
It's hard to explain, it's an amazing feeling you get. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me. Words can't really describe it, you get a weird feeling in your stomach, waving to the crowd, and it's really amazing.
What has your life been like since winning?
It's been mad. Everyone coming up to me and wanting to see the medal, friends, my brother, sister and everyone have been really proud of me. I had a massive surprise party and didn't know anything was going to happen. I walked down the road and there was like banners and posters and England flags across the street and I was like: 'what's going on here?!' and I went to my house and there was a massive banner with my name on it saying well done and the whole street was there as well. It was amazing.
What would you say to people who want to achieve their dreams?
Just don't really give up because you don't know when you're going to get better. Before, I was at the stage where I wasn't getting any better, and eventually I crept up really quick without expecting it and I wasn't doing well before and then with time I got really good, and got my times lower and lower.
Aaron is hoping to join the Team GB Paralympics team for Rio 2016 Paralympics.