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by Richard Lawrence

One in three parents admit their children cannot swim the length of a pool.

With more than 400 drownings across the country every year, a campaign has begun to get everyone swimming.

Esther Pearson, from Surf Life Saving GB has been talking to our reporter Richard Lawrence.


Second World Championship medal for Plymouth swimmer

Plymouth-based swimmer Ruta Meilutyte Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Teenage swimming sensation Ruta Meilutyte has won a second medal at the World Short Course Championships in Turkey. The 15 year-old Plymouth College student gained a silver in the women's 100m individual medley to add to her gold for the 50m breaststroke.

The Lithuanian shot to fame in the summer when she won Olympic gold in the 100m breaststroke.

Olympic hopeful talks about his aspirations

Look out for this name for the next few weeks. Anthony James from Plymouth will learn next week if he qualifies to join the Olympic squad for the butterfly stroke.

He's off to Sheffield for the final trials next week. He was ranked 16th in the world last year and is hoping to build on his success. In 2010 he was a silver medallist in the Commonwealth games.

Anthony James has been talking to Richard Lawrence at the launch of a sport-into-schools project at a primary school in Chudleigh. Inspired by London 2012, the scheme backed by EDF encourages children to recycle old clothes to swap them for credit points which can be used to buy sports equipment



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