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9-Year-Old Manages 5-Mile Swim for Charity

9-Year-Old Manages 5-Mile Swim for Charity
28 August 2014 1557 Views No comments

Swimming with your children is great fun for the entire family and perfect for keeping fit while teaching your kids about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It also helps to develop your little ones' confidence and skills in the water, which could lead them on to great things.

One boy who is obviously no stranger to his local pool is nine-year-old Harry Copeman, who managed to swim an amazing 320 lengths of the March's George Campbell Centre swimming pool. The youngster managed to complete a five-mile swim in the pool last Friday (August 22nd), raising money for charity.

Harry is thought to be the youngest person to have managed to swim such a huge distance, which is an amazing feat before you even consider the fact that he managed it in only four hours!

A student at Westwood Junior School, Harry decided to complete the challenge in order to raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF). He chose to raise the money for MRF after battling pneumococcal meningitis in 2005, when he was only three months old.

While completing the enormous challenge, Harry was watched by his family. His mum Sadie, dad Chris and sister Libby joined other family members and friends to cheer Harry on in his effort.

His Dad said: "We can't believe how well he did. We thought he would take around four-and-a-half to five hours to complete it, but he did it in four. He finished and it was like he hadn't even done anything. He was running around like normal.

“We don't believe this distance has been completed by someone as young as nine before. We have contacted the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) and we're just awaiting confirmation to see if that's the case.”

Harry managed to raise over £300 from people sponsoring him to the swim and there is more money coming in, all of which will be going to the charity.

His dad said a huge thanks to everyone who supported Harry, with a special mention to a fellow member of the March Merlins Swimming Club, Nat Cook. Ms Cook swam much of the distance alongside Harry to help him with his pace, and to encourage him to continue.

Join us in saying a huge well done to Harry!

If you want to play a role in developing your children's swimming skills so that they might manage to complete such a fantastic challenge, help them to build their confidence from an early age with the support of Konfidence's buoyancy aids.