Two Year Old Swims Her Way Into The Guinness Book Of Records

Leah Robbins may be learning how to walk on land, but in the water she leaves most kids in the dust.

The toddler is now able to swim 50 metres unaided – thought to be a British record for her age.

Her mother, Kay Masters, 26, is hoping that her daughter’s achievement will be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

“Leah just loves being in the water. I have never pushed her in any way or tried to make her do anything she is not happy with,” said Miss Masters, an assistant swimming instructor.

“Ever since she was a tiny baby, I have taught her to be happy and confident around water. She just loves being in it.

“If we run a bath, she always tries to get in it even if it is not for her.”

Leah has already gained her five-metre, ten-metre and 25-metre Amateur Swimming Association certificates, and now the 50-metre award, last month at a pool near her home in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk.

Most children gain the fourth certificate only after they turn six.

The last award required an extra special effort.

She was able to use her doggy paddle for the first three but ASA rules state that she had to use a proper stroke for the 50 metres.

She chose backstroke – because she is simply too small for anything else.

Jane Tomlinson, who runs the local swimming club, said: “Her arms are still a little chubby so she can only get them out of the water at right angles when she is doing backstroke.”

Leah first took to the water at four months, using a toggle float, Miss Masters said. By her second birthday she was confident enough to do the doggy paddle in her local pool and remain afloat without any help.

She passed her ASA five-metre certificate when she was exactly two-and-a-half, on January 17.

Her next target is her 100 metre certificate and her one mile award should follow shortly afterwards – her brother Luke, six, has already swum two miles.

A spokesman for the ASA said: “It is a real achievement for a child of two to swim such a distance.

“If Leah continues to follow our programme and improves and develops her stroke technique, she could have real potential for the future.”


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