Islington girl going to great lengths to beat school swimming record

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 July 2011

Olivia Dunne, 8, celebrates her swimming record with parents Kellie and Dennise

Olivia Dunne, 8, celebrates her swimming record with parents Kellie and Dennise

Dieter Perry

Olivia Dunne, eight, broke a swimming record for pupils at Hugh Myddelton Primary, Clerkenwell, which had stood for ten years.

She swam 32 lengths (800 metres) non-stop at Highbury Pool in Highbury Crescent on June 30 to accomplish the feat.

Olivia, a pupil at the school in Myddelton Road, smashed the record during a routine lesson and did not realise the significance of the swim until returning to the classroom.

Father Kellie said: “She broke it accidently you could say and was over the moon. Olivia has only been swimming a couple of years.”

He added: “I’m really proud of her.”

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