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Channel swimmer on home straight

A Channel swimmer from Dover is close to completing her attempt to conquer the "Everest of open water swimming." Kathy Batts set off at 7:30am yesterday morning.

She was determined to take on the challenge - just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor collapsed and died in the water, one mile off the French coast. This video is from roughly the half-way point and is courtesy of http://www.lovechannelswimming.com/swims.

  1. Nashreen Issa

Kathy's Channel challenge as she takes on the 'Everest' of swimming

A swimmer has set off from Kent, attempting to cross from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in France. Kathy Batts is taking on the gruelling 21-mile challenge just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor, who was attempting the same challenge, collapsed and died just one mile short of the French Coast.

Having started at 7am on Tuesday 6th August Kathy hopes to reach France before midnight on the same day.

A few days ago our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Kathy and her family about the Channel attempt. The swimmer was keen to explain why she was determined to go ahead with what some call the 'Everest' of open water swimming.

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Olympic legacy in Oxford

£75,000 of Olympic legacy funding will be spent to improve sports facilities in Oxfordshire. The money is part of the Inspired Facilities Fund which is designed to ensure that the Olympics and Paralympics have a lasting impact outside of London.

One of the first areas to benefit from the scheme is Blackbird Lees. A new competition standard pool will be built with a moveable floor to help those learning to swim. More than 350 community groups across the UK will receive grants.

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