Little Rosanna makes a splash with special award

Star: Rosanna Ogden with her award

Star: Rosanna Ogden with her award

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Swimming star Rosanna Ogden has scooped a prestigious accolade for her efforts in the sport.

Four-year-old Rosanna, a heart patient from Adlington, has been awarded the Little Hero award from the Water Babies. The group specialises in teaching youngsters to swim as well as helping save lives and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

The award comes after Rosanna recently held a charity swimming event at David Lloyd, in Chorley to help raise much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Thousands of pounds was raised at the event, which saw Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington attend.

Mother Sanam said: “We nominated Rosanna for the award straight after her fund-raising event.

“I think with her swimming 600m and raising more than £3,000 helped her win the award.”

Little Rosanna also took part in a national swimming event last week and wowed more Olympic stars.

The minimum age for the event is eight but organisers allowed Rosanna to take part after seeing her 600m badge award.

Team GB athletes Keri-Anne Payne, Rosie Morris and Joe Regan were shocked with the progress Rosanna made as she swam in a lane on her own for the first time.

Sanam added: “The GB stars were absolutely amazed by her, they couldn’t believe what they saw.

“When we added she was a heart patient they couldn’t believe it, she really took to them and they loved her.”

When Rosanna was just six weeks old, doctors found a tumour on her heart. After open heart surgery, doctors suggested swimming would aid her recovery and the remainders of the tumour would shrink.