The two granddaughters distinguished themselves yesterday when it came to testing for their Swimming Badges. The weather was cold and drizzly but at least the water was warmish after a glorious day the one previously. At last, and just before her tenth birthday, R was able to crack the 1500-metre time limit of 40 minutes, and this time she did it with six minutes to spare. She did the 800-metre when she was 5 (no time limit; just don’t stop) but hitherto has lacked the speed to succeed in this final swim-school distance hurdle.
J, now fully recovered from the sinus infection and meningitis, was officially supposed to double last year’s distance of 100 metres by doing 200, but (as I knew she could) she went on to complete 800! Then, after a break, she entered the pool again to do Silver Badge testing — dive, freestyle 50 metres, tumble turn; backstroke 50 metres and tumble turn, dive, breaststroke and 25 metres, and dive and butterfly 25 metres. In her case, it has been completed just before turning seven.
This evening we propose going, appropriately, to splash out with a celebratory meal at a venue of their choice.