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KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE THE WATER

Swimming outdoors with a disability can be challenging, but that hasn’t stopped Rosa Fawkes from taking the plunge

It was about 25 years ago – when I was just under a year old – that my family recognised that something wasn’t quite right.

Although I couldn’t walk yet, my let foot was a bit stiff and I rarely used my let hand (not even to reach for biscuits).

The problem turned out to be cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that, in my case, affects muscle movement and strength and also fine motor skills.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Mermaids! Romance! Time travel! Tescos! The April issue of Outdoor Swimmer has it all. We chat with our new guest coach and cover star Olympian Keri-anne Payne about her coaching philosophy, contributing editor Ella Foote meets some swimmers in a supermarket car park, Elaine Howley tells the story of small and repulsive mermaids and Mike Morris slips through time to meet a Victorian swimming champion. And we have two new regular features starting this issue: Eco Heroes, in which we celebrate people and companies striving to save the planet; and Wild About You, where we play matchmaker for solo swimmers looking for love. Plus Plus, how to train for your first open water mile as well as more long distance challenges, training day menus, swimming with cerebral palsy, a dream swim trip in the Maldives and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.