Sheffield water babe champ Daniel - aged three years and nine months - wouldn't let go of the trophy

The annual Sheffield & District Water Babies Cup at Ponds Forge was won by Oughtibridge youngster Daniel Smith, just three years and nine months old.

Monday, 14th November 2016, 10:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:01 pm
Daniel Smith with his trophy at Ponds Forge

Normally the trophy is won by a four or five year old.

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His father Justin said he and Daniel’s mum Sarah first took him swimming at 11 weeks and were taking him three times a week by his second birthday.

Justin said: “He loves it. He first swam a width (10m) at 2yrs 9mths, and 25m a week before his third birthday. Interestingly his stroke rather regressed whilst doing this swim. He was very happy holding the cup though, he wouldn’t let go of it for hours!”