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Wales' Carlin wins gold

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Jazz Carlin won gold in the 400 metres freestyle at the British Championships in a time fast enough to take her to the world championships in Kazan this summer.

The 24-year-old touched in a time of four minutes 03:51 seconds to banish her bad memories of the London Aquatics Centre and finish almost a second inside the qualification time for the prestigious world championships in July.

It was also Carlin's second-fastest time in this discipline and saw her achieve redemption after her failed qualification attempt for the London 2012 Olympics.

Swimming with glandular fever, she finished fourth in her heat and did not make it to her home Olympics - but this result went some way to softening that blow.

The last time I raced in this pool it didn't go the way I wanted.

But I'm a completely different swimmer now and I want to be building on that in the summer. I feel a lot stronger mentally, it is all about accepting the journey and the highs and lows - you have got to get used to that and become the best you can be. Hopefully the next couple of years can go my way.

It will be great to race people at the Worlds, they will be going even faster and I have to be on my game then. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm so glad I got my time.

– Jazz Carlin, 2014 Commonwealth 800m freestyle gold medallist

Bid to get children swimming

The scheme is already running in six areas. Credit: Axel Heimken/DPA/PA Images

One in four children in Wales can't swim well enough.

That's according to Swim Wales which is aiming to help all children become swimmers by 2020.

Its 'Making Waves in Wales' campaign aims to drive awareness amongst parents and encourage local authorities to sign up to the Swim Wales Aqua Passport scheme.

Swim Wales says it uses digital technology to help children become competent swimmers and develop an understanding of water safety and personal survival skills.

Children participating will be able to enter an online world called Aqua Dragons where they can play games and see their progress in the pool turn into online trophies.

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Tenby hosts 43rd annual Boxing Day swim

People continue the tradition and brave the cold Welsh waters every year Credit: Tenby Sea Swimming Association

Hundreds are bracing themselves to take part in annual Boxing Day swims across the country.

Among those is the Tenby Boxing Day Swim, which is now its 43rd year.

Organised by the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, it's become one of Britain's top festive highlights.

Hundreds are expected to take part and watch the wintry spectacle.

A high tide this year means that space on the sands will be at a premium, but as a bonus, the brave bathers will only have a short sprint to the sea when they dash for the waters at 11.30am.

Known as much for its wild and wacky fancy dress as its fundraising and camaraderie, this year’s event features the costume theme of Pantomime.

Over 1,000 people took part in yesterday's Christmas morning swim in Porthcawl.

A New Years Day swim is also due to take place in Saundersfoot on Wednesday.

Cardiff swimmers take on relay challenge

Around 50 people have taken part in a relay swim in Cardiff . It's part of British Gas' Swim Britain campaign to get half a million of us regularly taking a dip by 2015.

Olympic gold and bronze medallist Duncan Goodhew took to the pool, along with paralympic swimmer Gemma Almond from Swansea. Every member of the four person teams had to swim a thousand metres

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Pioneering Cardiff club prepares for Special Olympics

It's one week until the Special Olympics get underway in Bath, with more than 100 Welsh athletes competing at what will be the ninth British summer games.

ITV News has been meeting some of the athletes at the Cardiff Chameleons swimming club, which was the very first in the UK for people with a learning disability.

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