VIDEO: Chorley swimming sensation bags top award

Rosanna with the Amateur Swimming Association's 'Learn to Swim Award'
Rosanna with the Amateur Swimming Association's 'Learn to Swim Award'

Adlington swimming sensation Rosanna Ogden has won a top national award.

The five-year-old has won the Amateur Swimming Association’s (ASA) ‘Learn to Swim Award’ and was presented with her trophy at a ceremony in Leamington Spa on Saturday.

Proud mum Sanam said: “We’re so happy, it’s absolutely brilliant.

“Out of all the talented children, she was nominated and then she won; she really deserves it.”

At just six-weeks-old Rosanna was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and required open-heart surgery. As part of her rehabilitation, the youngster was encourage to get in the pool and since then she has gone from strength to strength.

Rosanna began swimming lessons in February this year and in just five months reached the ASA Stage 3 and has become proficient in all four strokes.

This year Rosanna also completed her first mile swim and as she grows in ability, confidence and strength, she is hoping to inspire others as she takes on many more challenges.

She also entered her first competition this month with her swimming club, Submarines, and came third.

And she has raised £6,500 this summer for Heart Research UK, from various fund-raising efforts including a sponsored swim.