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Aoife Clarke, 3, completes 400m swim as part of Swimathon




A determined three-year-old girl from Harleston has swum 400 metres as part of an annual fundraiser, despite being ill on the day of the event.

Aoife Clarke and her proud mum Anna Hunter. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Aoife Clarke and her proud mum Anna Hunter. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The national Swimathon sees swimmers from all over the UK take part to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.

Aoife Clarke, who has been swimming since she was eight weeks old, was encouraged by her swimming instructor to take part in the event.

Since January, Aoife and her mum, Anna, have been training twice a week, but, on the weekend of the event, Aoife came down with a bug and was unable to take part.

Much to her delight, Stradbroke Swimming Pool rescheduled her swim and Aoife completed 400 metres to raise £200 for charity.

Mum Anna said: “Her daddy and I were very keen from a very young age to get Aoife water safe and the best way to do that was to learn how to swim.

“Since we started at Stradbroke Swimming Pool, she’s been very determined to learn to swim without armbands. She took to it like a duck to water.”



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