Henley Swim Announces This Girl Can Competition Winners

TGC_Partner_LogoThe Henley Swim has announced the eight winners of their This Girl Can competition, offering free places in The Henley Mile, an open water swimming event to be held in a beautiful stretch of the River Thames near Henley-on-Thames.

The organisers wanted  to encourage more women to get involved in outdoor swimming so ran a national competition in association with This Girl Can, for free places in the event.

The eight winners range in age from 26 to 56, and are all starting from different levels of fitness and swimming ability. They have the single aim of completing a mile in the river, and will now spend the next 3 months training for the event on Sunday 12th July.

In addition to the training they will be blogging about their experience. Their blogs will be open and honest, describing why they are taking up the challenge, and all the highs and lows in the run up to the event.

kelly-300x201Kelly Meuleman, 42 from Oxford says “I am a teacher at a girls’ school. We always tell the girls that they can do anything they put their minds to so this would give me the opportunity to show them that I’m not just telling them these things, I will do them myself. I hope to inspire them to give ‘it’ a go no matter what ‘it’ is. If I can do this, they can too”


Nicola Wilson, 36 from Woodley says “There are two little reasons I am taking part in this challenge; my children Luke and Pippa. Pippa was born 11 weeks premature back in Junnicola-300x201e 2013. Luke kept me battling through the sadness with his smiles and “huggles” and Pippa showed me every day in the NICU that battles you thought were too hard can be conquered if you just keep fighting.”

“ I want to show them that Mummy doesn’t give up either. So here I am, the 36 year old who can’t put her face in the water, signing up to swim half a mile in the River Thames this summer. What can possibly go wrong?!”

You can follow the blogs of Kelly, Nicola and the other 6 ‘girls’ at www.thisgirlcanswim.com

If you are interested in participating in the event, it is still possible to enter the Henley Mile or Half Mile on July 12th at www.henleyswim.com. The Henley Mile is open to men & women and there are a number of races for children aged 8 and above. All races are downstream

Alternatively, come and support the girls on July 12th and also visit the H2Open Magazine Open Water Swimming Show. There are guest speakers, seminars, opportunities to try equipment and of course food and drink, making it a perfect family day out by the river.


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