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PUBLISHED: 11:26 21 April 2017

Jacquie and Megan Yeoman will be swimming the Henley Mile later this year

Jacquie and Megan Yeoman will be swimming the Henley Mile later this year

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Neither has swam in open water before

A mother and daughter from Swanley are training to swim a mile in the Thames later this year.

Jacquie Yeoman and daughter Megan took up swimming to relieve the stress of work and GCSEs, but as their swimming continued, 47-year-old Mrs Yeoman decided to enter a competition to swim The Henley Mile, a straight line downstream over the same course as the Henley Royal Regatta rowing event.

Not only was she selected, by organisers Henley Swim also picked 15-year-old Megan to join her alongside four other women in the Oxfordshire stretch of the river on July 9.

The mother and daughter will spend the next three months blogging about their training for the race, supported by This Girl Can, which supports women in sport.

The participants’ blog can be found at www.thisgirlcanswim.com.

Henley Swim co-founder Tom Kean said: “Once again we have been overwhelmed by the numbers of women who have entered our This Girl Can competition. This is a hugely important and enjoyable initiative for us, and each year the job of whittling down the entries to our finalist gets bigger. It’s clear there are many different motivations for all our swimmers, but what it does show is how getting outside of your comfort zone adds meaning and excitement to life.

“Swimming is one of those rare sports that is truly gender neutral, and with This Girl Can, we hope to introduce more ladies to a sport where they can excel on a personal level.

“In 2016, there were more female swimmers than males at the Henley Mile, which bucks the trend for mass participation events and is a statistic of which we are proud.”

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