06 Dec 2021

Cashel swimmer (4) wins Little Heroes Award

Four year old Cashel girl wins Little Heroes Award

Cashel's Little Hero Lilly Carew teaches her baby sister Sophie to swim.

A four year old Cashel girl has won a Little Heroes Award following a nationwide search to find Ireland’s most inspiring young swimmers.

Lilly Carew, one of fourteen ‘Little Heroes’ to be awarded by Water Babies at a ceremony in St. Michael's House Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool in Dublin last Friday 10th February, was honoured for helping her baby sister Sophie to swim.

Little Hero Lilly is a "great big sister" who has been teaching two year old Sophie to go underwater and to blow bubbles.

Lilly with her Little Heroes Award.

Lilly, the daughter of Aoife and Patrick Carew, has been with Irish baby and toddler swim school Water Babies for nearly two and a half years. She will be five in April and has loved the water since she was born.   

Lilly, who attends pre-school at Mrs. Owl's Nead Beag in Nenagh, started swimming on her own months ago. She goes swimming in Rockwell every Saturday morning and is always delighted to show the other kids in her class what they need to do next to improve in the pool. Lilly's swimming instructor at Rockwell, Julia Walsh, baked a special cake to celebrate her award. 

Celebrating Lilly's award with a delicious cake. 

Mum Aoife beams inside and out when she sees Lilly swimming on her own. "We couldn't believe it when we heard that Lilly had won the award," Aoife tells South Tipp Today. 

"Lilly swims every Saturday in Rockwell and loves it so much. She is like a little fish in the water and was born a water baby. 

“My heart bursts with pride when I see how far she has come with Water Babies," Aoife continues. 

Little Hero Lilly with her mum Aoife. 

Lilly, who also loves Irish dancing, couldn't be happier with her Little Heroes Award. 

Each award recipient has a story of how water and swimming has helped with their development or improved their lives and the lives of their family in some way. Some of the other winners have battled illness and adversity, including premature birth and Down Syndrome or have shown a lot of courage in their lives so far.  

Carol McNally from Water Babies adds: “We absolutely love hearing about all the remarkable little swimmers out there and the moving tales they have to tell.

"The idea of the Little Heroes awards is to reward incredible accomplishments when it comes to water and to raise awareness of the importance of children learning to swim at as early an age as possible," she concludes. 

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