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Leo Varadkar after participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.

Leo Varadkar after participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.

Leo Varadkar participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.

Leo Varadkar participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.

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Leo Varadkar after participating in the Dublin leg of the Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin, earlier this week. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE The Minister wants PE to become a Leaving Certificate exam subject.

He’s taking his job as Minister for Sport seriously, it seems.

Leo Varadkar is a regular participant in triathalons and runs – and now he has taken to the water to try to encourage more people to take up swimming.

Swim Ireland’s ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge’ is a swimming initiative set up to encourage people in Ireland to get back into the pool. Swim Ireland coaches have written swimming programmes that will enable those who can swim a little to swim a mile in just 12 weeks.

Free coaching sessions are available in a number of pools around the country. For more information log on to www.swimforamile.com

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