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Sunday 31 August 2014

Everything is going swimmingly for Jack

Published 06/08/2013 | 05:32

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Four-year-old Jack O’Leary

SWORDS swimmer Jack O'Leary, aged just 4, has just graduated from Water Babies swim school.

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The youngster has been attending the baby swim school, which holds classes at Roganstown Golf & Country Club, since he was just nine weeks old.

He is the son of former Dublin captain and Fingal Independent columnist, John O'Leary

Carol and Therese McNally from Blanchardstown brought Water Babies to Ireland just over four years ago and Jack was one of the first babies to swim with the sisters, and one of the first children to graduate from the Water Babies programme in Ireland.

Now over 2,500 babies and toddlers learn to swim at Water Babies across Ireland every week in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Kildare, Louth and Meath.

The Water Babies programme, which is designed to make the most of babies' natural affinity with water, teaches confidence and safety, using specialist techniques that see many swimming short distances from as young as 30 months.

Baby swimming is an entirely safe and gentle activity which helps parents bond with their baby while giving them a lifetime's water confidence and safety skills.

Swimming from birth stimulates the brain and develops muscles in a safe, relaxed way and water is a familiar environment that babies love.

Fingal Independent

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