Dawn’s ready to take on 22-mile Channel swim in Portsmouth pool

CHALLENGE Dawn Latimer is in training for her long-distance swim
CHALLENGE Dawn Latimer is in training for her long-distance swim

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SWIMMER Dawn Latimer is preparing to take on the width of the English Channel for charity.

But rather than go across the sea, the 33-year-old is swimming the 22 miles in the pool at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

She joins thousands of others from around the UK who are taking part in The Aspire Channel Swim 2011.

Participants have until December 4 to take on the distance in their local swimming pool in aid of Aspire, which helps people with spinal cord injuries.

The challenge started earlier this month, but Dawn, a supervisor at Asda, in Fratton Road, has already clocked up 5.7 miles.

She has set herself a personal target of six weeks to finish.

Dawn, of Queens Road, Buckland, said: ‘It’s a real challenge for me because I’m not particular fit and I’m a little overweight.

‘I wanted to do it because it’s for a good cause.

‘I haven’t done any real training – it’s just a case of jumping in the water and hoping for the best.

‘Endurance is the absolute key. I can happily go up and down in the pool for a few hours.

‘I’m not one to get into a race.

‘If everyone in the country pulls together then we can raise money for those who really need it.

‘Even if people can give a small amount, it would be awesome.

‘I want to make a difference to people’s lives.’

Dawn’s friend Sammie Roden, 33, urged her to take part after she completed the challenge last year.

To donate to Dawn’s cause, visit justgiving.com/Dawn-Latimer0.