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Hall Green teenager in charity swim challenge

HALL Green teenager Lewis Oseman will be swimming 229 lengths of the pool to help raise money for a life-changing trip to Madagascar.

HALL Green teenager Lewis Oseman will be swimming 229 lengths of the pool to help raise money for a life-changing trip to Madagascar.

The 15-year-old will be taking the plunge at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on August 17, hoping to power his way over 5723 metres (around 3.5 miles) in under three hours.

The eye-watering distance is one metre for ever mile between his school, Alderbrook, and the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo.

He hopes that the challenge will raise a sizeable chunk of the £4500 that he needs to travel out to the island next summer, with the charity World Challenge.

A member of Solihull Swimming Club, the teenager is no stranger to crawling his way across some pretty imposing distances - he previously completed a 5000m swim when he was nine-years-old.

“I think it will be more of a mental thing this time,” said Lewis. “Last time it was physically very hard because I was one of the youngest swimmers taking part and obviously the others could go faster than me.

“This time it’s still going to be tough, but I think it will be more about keeping focussed.”

Family and friends will be turning out in force to cheer on Lewis from the poolside, although he couldn’t persuade any of them to go the distance with him.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have competition though - he’s determined to best the time set by his dad, Nigel, 31 years ago.

“I did a sponsored swim for Marie Curie when I was 16,” explains Nigel, a serving police officer. “Lewis is slightly younger than me and to be fair I probably covered a shorter distance. He’s absolutely set on beating me though - he wants to destroy my credibility!”

The Madagascar trip will take place in July after Lewis has completed his GCSEs and he’ll be joined by around 20 other Alderbrook pupils.

The Solihull News paperboy, who hopes to become a pilot, has also organised bag packs, cake sales and band nights to help him reach his total.

If you can help him on his way to the £4500 target, email solihull_news@mrn.co.uk

 

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