Henry’s Award Winning Swim
Henry Bell, at 13, is the youngest son of Rebecca and Robert Bell and has lived all his life in Peppard. The family home has a swimming pool and his parents felt for safety reasons that it was important he could swim from an early age so he started swimming lessons at just 5 months old. They could not know that swimming would become an important part of Henry’s life.
After Sonning Common Primary School, Henry moved to Lord Williams’s School in Thame. He trains at the Thame Leisure Centre and also with Nigel Downing, a triathlete and family friend. Rebecca describes them as having a special rapport.
This summer Henry was the only child out of 200 to compete in the Elite Category in the Padstow to Rock Swim in Cornwall. He had to swim one mile across the Camel estuary in less than 30 minutes. He did it in 20 minutes and came in seventh winning the Sarah Hawkins Trophy. Apart from his personal achievement Henry’s swim raised £800 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. He also competed in the Henley Classic and Henley Mile events.
Well done Henry! Remember the name; we might see him competing in Open Water Swimming in the Olympics in years to come.