Rosanna tipped for big things in the pool

Rosanna Ogden as a little mermaid
Rosanna Ogden as a little mermaid

An inspirational four-year old is continuing to defy the odds after claiming yet another swimming accolade.

Brave Rosanna Ogden, known as the little mermaid, last week swam 16 lengths of a 25 metre pool to claim her 400m badge which has led to her coach tipping her for huge things in the water as she gets older.

Rosanna, of Adlington, Chorley, was found to have tumour in her heart aged just six weeks.

The youngster went underwent emergency open heart surgery which took eight hours to remove the tumour.

Doctors suggested swimming would help Rosanna in her recovery and the remainders of the tumour would shrink as she grew bigger.

After achieving her latest accolade, coach Ben Hamlett, feels Rosanna could go far in the water.

Ben has coached, Rosanna since the age of one and thinks she is improving every day she hits the water.

He said: “She is exceptional for her age and she definitely has the ability to go to a high level.

“Over the last three years she has just got better and better, but it was the last six months where she has really impressed.

“Just before Christmas she got her 100m badge and then in February she got her 200m badge, it’s fantastic to see her improve and there is no reason why she can’t get that 600m badge.”

Mother Sanam is delighted with the progress her daughter is making,she said: “After everything that she has been through we are just happy that our baby is alive.

“But it really is unbelievable what is happening she has done so well in achieving her 400m badge.”

After achieving her badge, Rosanna has now set her sights on yet more charity work.

Little Rosanna has organised a charity swim day at David Lloyd leisure in Chorley on Saturday, August 16.

The sponsored swim will see all money made donated to the British Heart Foundation.

To do date Rosanna has raised more than £500,000 for the foundation.

Sanam added: “It’s great Rosanna has raised so much money.

“We want to encourage everybody to come down to David Lloyd and help raise money. “The events are usually down south but this time we are the first people to hold one up north.

“We want a big turn out and show people the North West power.”