Rianna to take the plunge for charity swim

Rianna Hall

Rianna Hall

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A talented young swimmer is drawing on her steely determination to support Children in Need.

Rianna Hall is set to make Pudsey Bear proud by completing a two kilometre swim on Sunday.

The 11-year-old from Skegness is taking up the challenge to ‘Be A Hero’ on behalf of the BBC charity appeal.

Mum Michelle, dad Ian and her four brothers and sister will be supporting Rianna on Sunday as she bids to complete 80 stamina-sapping lengths of the Embassy Swimming Pool.

Rianna, who is nicknamed Boo, started swimming aged eight. She has been training hard for several weeks with swimming coach Ashley Broom and is aiming to complete the distance in a personal best time.

A pupil at Giles Academy in Old Leake, Rianna has achieved Amateur Swimming Association stages one to seven and started the Rookie Lifeguard qualification.

Rianna said: “I have completed 80 lengths twice, each time quicker than the other. I want to do a record time and think I can manage it in about an hour.

“I like distance swimming and have more stamina than speed. It can get a bit tiring, but I eat a few bananas to give myself energy.”

She added: “I would really like to help children who are less fortunate than myself to have a better life. I am very lucky to have a lovely family and lots of friends and I could not imagine what it would be like to be a child in need.”

After swimming a mile for the first time last March in one hour 10 minutes Rianna recently completed 2km in a turbo-charged hour and six minutes.

Swimming coach Ashley said: “I believe that Rianna has a very bright future ahead of herself and if she continues to progress down the current route, she will make a fantastic lifeguard and swimming teacher.”

Mum Michelle said: “Rianna swims like a machine and is so determined when she decides to do something.”

To sponsor Rianna visit 
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/riannahall2