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Children creating a big splash

PUBLISHED: 16:58 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 July 2010

SOME young swimming sensations are feeling buoyant after creating a real ripple in the pool.

A trio of children have been like ducks to water in their short time at Burgh Castle-based Dolphin Swim Club.

SOME young swimming sensations are feeling buoyant after creating a real ripple in the pool.

A trio of children have been like ducks to water in their short time at Burgh Castle-based Dolphin Swim Club.

Four-year-old Maddison Brown has achieved her 800m just six months after joining the club and is hoping to swim a mile next week.

Also getting along swimmingly are three-year-olds Haydn Patterson, from Gorleston, and Toby Coleman, from Belton, who have both recently swam their 50m.

The two have been matching each other stroke for stroke in the few months since joining the club.

Swimming teacher Jane Tomlinson said: “The boys have done wonderfully well and have made tremendous progress in the time they have been here. It is really great that they are able to encourage each other.

“Maddison is going to be a top swimmer. She is a natural and has an immaculate back stroke and is very determined to swim her mile before her next birthday.

“I am entering her as an outstanding improver in the swimmer of the year competition; her swimming talent will take her a long way.”

It took Maddison, from Blundeston, 50 minutes to complete the 50 lengths needed to complete her 800m in the Breydon Water Holiday Park pool.

After joining the club as a complete beginner Maddison had previously achieved her five, 10, 25, 100, 200, and 400m certificates.

Children have to swim completely unaided, but parents can walk along poolside to encourage them.

The three are just the latest water babies to make their mark at their club following little Leah Robbins, who earlier this year was recruited by Huggies for a campaign encouraging youngsters to take up swimming.

Leah entered the record books becoming the youngest child in Britain to be awarded a certificate for swimming 5m unaided.

Anyone interested in joining Dolphin Swim Club can ring Jane on 01502 568087.


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