A swimming teacher at Chalfont Leisure Centre has reached the semi-final of a competition which is fully deserved according to his pupils and colleagues.
Chris Dutfield, 29, has been voted as one of the nations best despite only being in the job for eight months.
Over 700 nominations were made across the nation in a bid to find the winner of The Swimming Teacher of the Year award.
Commenting on his own nomination, Chris thanked his leisure centre bosses for giving him the opportunity to teach.
He said: “I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach and supporting me in the last eight months as I wouldn’t have achieved this award without you giving me the job.”
Chris teaches all stages from pre-school up to stage 9 with children aged four and upwards.
He was nominated by a combination of pupils, parents and work colleagues all of whom were impressed by his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to his job.
If he is successful in the regional semi-final, he will then go forward to a national judging day to take place at former Olympic venue, the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford.
The initiative is the brainchild of leisure operator and charitable social enterprise Better, which operates Chalfont Leisure Centre in Chiltern and a total of more than 140 swimming pools across the UK.
The Swimming Teacher of the Year Award is also being supported by the Swimming Teacher’s Association (STA) and Speedo, representatives of whom will make up part of the final judging panel.
Daniel Oriot, leisure centre manager at Chalfont Leisure Centre added: “We are very proud of Chris receiving this award, He is very enthusiastic about teaching swimming and this shows in his lessons with the positive feedback we receive from parents and those he teaches.”