5 October 2011
Tae (4) with her swimming coach Nick Johnson
Water baby, Tae Smith, took on the mammoth challenge of swimming 2,000m in an attempt to break the British record by a 4 year old. On Saturday, 23rd July at The Broadstone Leisure Centre, Tae, watched by a very enthusaiastic crowd of family, friends and well-wishers achieved her goal by swimming 102 lengths in 1hour 36 minutes, and raised over a whopping £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support at the same time.
This beat her previous swim of 4 weeks previous when she first managed to swim 2,000m in 2 hours 5 minutes; beating her previous time by a huge 29 minutes. Her teacher, Nick Johnson, noticed her talent at her first lesson telling Tae's mum, Trezan, 'This child is a total natural.'
Tae decided to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as she lost her grandmother to cancer a year ago. If you would like to contribute towards Tae's challenge, please donate on Just Giving using the followng link: http://www.justgiving.com/Tae-Smith
Rebecca Adlington, double Olympic Gold medalist swimmer was so impressed by four year old Tae swimming 2,000 metres non stop that she invited her to take a dip with her in London at the British Gas Big Dip. 'Tae is an incredible little girl. She is such an inspriation" she said: 'It's an amazing achievement, especially considering she's just four. I certainly couldn't have swum that far at her age.'