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OCEAN swimmer Anna Wardley officially opened her communications firm’s new premises yesterday.

The 38-year-old has swum around five islands, including the Isle of Wight, and raised £58,000 for charities.

The Mayor of Gosport Cllr. John Beavis planting some seagrass seeds with Anna Wardley at the launch of her business.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14514-2611)

The Mayor of Gosport Cllr. John Beavis planting some seagrass seeds with Anna Wardley at the launch of her business.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14514-2611)

But now she has returned to her business Seagrass Communications, set up in 2012.

It is now based at The Old Railway, off Spring Garden Lane, Gosport. She said: ‘We’ve chosen Gosport to base Seagrass Communications because it’s where I live.

‘It’s a great place to base a business from our perspective – there are a lot of marine businesses here.

‘A lot of our clients are international marine clients. It’s great to be on the coast and it’s great to be in such a historic building.’

Anna was formerly an economics correspondent for the French news agency Agence France-Presse in London and New York, before working at race firm Clipper Ventures and freelancing.

She studied journalism and philosophy at City University in London.

Anna has a team of international PR practitioners with her, including Heather Ewing, Gaby McCall and Sybilla Pearce.

Anna added: ‘There are lots of similarities in what I’m doing now in running Seagrass and what I’ve been doing swimming – it’s a huge challenge.’

People in the maritime industry were at the opening yesterday, along with the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor John Beavis, who opened the premises.

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