A woman who became a lifeguard after her family collected swimming vouchers from the Yorkshire Evening Post when she was a child wants to inspire the next generation of young people.
Clare Brook, whose enthusiasm led to a career as a lifeguard at Pudsey Leisure Centre, said her family did not have a lot of money while she was growing up but collected vouchers every day so she could swim at Bramley Baths.
Clare, 37, said: “A leisure centre is at the heart of your community and – thanks to the Evening Post and Leeds City Council – my children, my community and my life have unity in sport and I’m still having the best career ever.
“I want to reach to the next generation of kids now to tell you that sports services have changed my life for the better.”
The gym at Pudsey Leisure Centre has recently had a revamp and holds sessions for children aged 12 and older.