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Rainham pensioner named as finalist of aquatic awards

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 October 2015

80 year old swimmer Pat Raynor is about to do a sponsored swim on her 80th birthday by swimming  64 lengths of the pool at the Central Park Leisure Centre in Harold Hill

80 year old swimmer Pat Raynor is about to do a sponsored swim on her 80th birthday by swimming 64 lengths of the pool at the Central Park Leisure Centre in Harold Hill

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An 80-year-old swimmer who dives in a pool three times a week has been named as a finalist in a national swimming competition.

Jean Rayner, Heaton Avenue, Harold Hill, was delighted to find out she had reached the final of the ASA Aquatic Senior Participant Award.

She said: “When I was told that I had been shortlisted for the final three I was both shocked and excited.

“My childhood dream was to swim the Channel but this has eclipsed that dream.”

The ASA Aquatics Awards recognise swimmers of all ages.

The Senior Participant Award is given to someone who has made an achievement in aquatics in later life.

Jean was nominated by Liane Floyde, manager of Central Park Leisure Centre, Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill.

Liane was impressed by Jean’s decision to celebrate her 80th birthday by swimming a mile to raise money for the Recorder’s Fundraise on the First campaign with children’s charity First Step.

She raised more than £1,600 for the cause.

Liane said: “It’s incredibly inspiring that Jean has continued her passion for swimming for all these years.

“When I found out about the award I couldn’t nominate her quick enough.

“She would be a worthy winner and Everyone Active wishes her all the best for the awards ceremony in November.”

Jean said: “I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me in the past.

“Without their help I would not have been able to raise the money I did.”

To find out more about Central Park Leisure Centre call 01708 382820

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