A five-year-old Barnoldswick aquatic superstar has wowed his parents and swimming teacher alike by swimming an entire mile without stopping.
Jaden Somers, who has turned six since his heroics in the pool, completed the epic challenge on February 20th at the West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick after impressing his long-term swimming teacher, Peter Wiseman, with his talents.
“It was a mile, non-stop,” said Jaden’s mother, Laura Somers (30). “64 lengths - it took him about an hour, without stopping! His swimming teacher said ‘This isn’t usually what five-year-olds do!’ I couldn’t do it!”
Jaden, who attends Gisburn Road Primary School, has only been swimming since October 2015, but took to the water with aplomb, quickly earning his 400m, 600m, and 800m badges. Spurred on by Peter, Jaden only ever had eyes for bigger challenges.
“He went to his lesson one day, Peter put out a separate lane for him, and Jaden just started his mile challenge,” said Laura. “Peter recognised his talent and pushed him.”
An aspiring Olympic swimmer and a massive fan of Adam Peaty after his exploits at the Summer Games in Rio last year, Jaden’s parents are understandably hugely proud.
“My husband (Liam, 29) was close to tears himself,” said Laura. “Jaden was so happy with his achievement as well: he was telling everybody and couldn’t wait to take his certificate to school.
“His dad and I are so proud of him and all of his achievements,” Laura added. “We love him so much.”