Ethan has captured the heart of the Salford community along with the media locally/nationally and the USA.
His story begins when he was 1 year old he was struck down with Septicaemia he spent 10 days in hospital fighting for his life and it was only the early intervention of the medical staff that saved him. He recovered only to be struck down some months later with an allergic reaction to the MMR jab and again hospitalised.
Once he recovered he got on with a normal childhood until he was 4 years old when he developed Croup a nasty breathing condition and he spent several more days in hospital and I am sure it was his fighting spirit that got him through.
Even worse came when Ethan was 8 years old he was coming out of school in Salford and he was struck by a car and the driver left Ethan lying in the road badly injured. Ethan had to undergo surgery and long term physiotherapy rehabilitation, the injuries he recieved were substantial. It took about 12 months before he was better and he was advised not to play football again because of the damage to his knees along with other injuries. His mum enrolled him in 2 swimming clubs Salford and Worsley swimming clubs to aid his recovery and help build his muscles.
He started competitive swimming at 9 and a half, with his achievements in the pool are nothing short of astonishing. He is fully fit now and he is an able bodied swimmer the only treatment he receives is dental treatment which will be on going for many years.
Ethan is considered one of the best 12 year old swimmers in Great Britain.
At age 11 he was the number 1 swimmer in the UK. He broke the Salford club record last year in the 100 backstroke which had not been broken for 19 year and the 100 butterfly which had not been broken for 7 years.
He also broke the Worsley club record last year in the 50m butterfly and broke the record again this year along with the 50m backstorke.
Ethan also swam in the National Arena League this year and came second in the final, came second in the North West Regionals in the 200 butterfly and third in the 100 butterfly winning Gold and Silver and was Lancashire County Champion in the 200 butterfly.
He made the British Swimming Nationals in the 12 year age group only missing out on the finals because he had a chesty cough but he would not pull out of the rounds and that's where his fighting spirit kicks in again. Because of his illnesses and injuries Ethan wanted to help others and he combines his swimming with fundraising and in the last 2 years he as raised in excess of £15000 for charity and he also collected over 140 kilograms of food for Salford food bank along the way.
He raised £500 for sports equipment for his previous school in Salford because they had no funds to buy them so he swam an event to raise the money and several thousand for Francis House Hospice/several thousand for St Anns Hospice/several thousand for The Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital Cancer Unit. He is now working on raising money for Asthma UK because a young boy from his school the same age as Ethan died this year from an Asthma attack.
Ethan never asks for anything in return for all that he does he was recently presented by a UK company Wilko with a cheque for £1500 because they had seen one of his media stories and they chose him as a local Salford star.
It costs around £5000 to have him swim around the Country with equipment and travel hotels and competition and club fees. Many sacrifices are made by his mum and she often goes without to see him one day reach the top of the swimming and maybe reach the podium. This young man is a great ambassador to young people and the sport of swimming.
For more information on Ethan contact Ed Green on 07979374937 or via email at [email protected]
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