Six-year-old Sunderland swimmer Jasmine could be a mermaid!

Jasmine Campbell, aged six, from Ryhope with her badge for swimming 1,000 meters at Sunderland's Aquatic Centre
Jasmine Campbell, aged six, from Ryhope with her badge for swimming 1,000 meters at Sunderland's Aquatic Centre
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NEVER mind London 2012, the Olympic games in 2020 is the target for this talented Sunderland water baby.

At the age of just six, swimming star Jasmine Campbell is already proving an inspiration.

The schoolgirl, from Ryhope, is making waves in the sport and has encouraged her three-year-old sister Rosie to take the plunge.

The St Mary’s Primary School pupil recently made a splash when she earned her 1,000m distance badge.

Jasmine loves being in the water and hopes to one day compete professionally.

“I love swimming,” she said.

“It’s my favourite thing to do and I really like being in the water.”

The Wearside youngster been regularly attending lessons at the Aquatic Centre, next to the Stadium of Light, for three years.

Dad Terry, 41, an engineer at Nissan, said: “Jasmine started learning to swim very early and just proved to be a natural swimmer.

“She completed her distance badges over the six weeks’ holidays.

“At first, she did the 800m badge, which she found easy, so a couple of days later she did the 1,000 metre badge.

“She’s also very good at diving.”

Jasmine swims the front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke but finds the butterfly a little technically difficult at the moment.

Terry, who is married to Noriko, 35, added: “She attends swimming classes twice a week, but over the holidays we were at the pool almost every other day.

“She really enjoys it and we hope she can take it further.

“She’s started well at an early age so hopefully she can be a professional swimmer.

“Although she is too young to compete in club swimming at the moment.”

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