Little Leah's in the swim
Alan Thompson TINY water baby Leah Robbins has made big time big splash - a one year contract with Huggies as its ambassador for a new website encouraging youngsters to swim.
TINY water baby Leah Robbins has made big time big splash - a one year contract with Huggies as its ambassador for a new website encouraging youngsters to swim.
Excited mum Kay Masters from Hingley Close, Gorleston said the three year old is pleased even at her young age to encourage other parents to take their children swimming.
She said “As the ambassador on the company's new website, she will be part of the campaign to encourage parents to take their young children swimming. Leah never needed any second asking!”
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In 2006, the youngster received the Level One Ducklings Award for swimming a yard by herself at just 13 months old at the Dolphin Swim Club at Kingfisher Holiday Park in Burgh Castle.
The Huggies campaign is being handled by a London PR company and spokeswoman Rebecca Enright said: “Huggies heard about Leah's achievements in May last year and were keen to sign her up as an ambassador.
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“ It's part of 'Huggies Little Swimmers' campaign and it has been designed to encourage mums to take their young ones swimming, but I don't think Leah needs much more encouragement!”
Leah now swims regularly at the Pontins pool in Hemsby.
She has entered the record books by becoming the youngest child in Britain to be awarded a certificate for swimming 5m unaided. And on Wednesday evening she smashed that record swimming 200m.
Leah's love affair with the water began when her brother Luke started swimming lessons at the age of four and she watched him from her poolside playpen.
Ms Masters, 27, said: “When my partner Jason bought a Broads cruiser for the family we decided it was important to start Leah's older brother Luke swimming and I saw an advert for the Dolphin Swim School. That is how Leah became introduced to the water at such a tender age.
“The youngest age for starting is normally four but I began taking Leah in the water before and after lessons. Whereas Luke has always been a bit wary, she has never been scared of the water. Even in the bath at home she was putting her head under the water and blowing bubbles.
“I take Leah to the pool at least once a week. She enjoys it so much I am sure she will carry on when she is older.”
Luke, six, is also showing a talent for the water. Last year he received his 50m award and his level two national award as part of the same scheme.