GCSE scholar swam Channel throughout exams to boost cash for Ukrainian refugees

GCSE scholar swam Channel throughout exams to boost cash for Ukrainian refugees


GCSE scholar who swam the Channel between examination papers to boost cash for refugee kids from Ukraine has achieved prime grades in her outcomes.

Rose Owens, 15, a 12 months 11 pupil at Roedean College close to Brighton, East Sussex, acquired one grade 8 and the remaining 9s regardless of coaching for the swim throughout her research.

At 11pm on June 15, simply hours after her geography examination, she set off from Dover as a part of a six-girl charity relay staff, which included fellow pupils, arriving in Cap Gris-Nez, northern France, 13 hours and 13 minutes later.

The next week she had a chemistry paper to take a seat, for which she achieved a grade 9.

Rose informed the PA information company: “It was undoubtedly robust, it was so chilly in there and there have been a great deal of jellyfish, large swarms of them that I needed to swim by way of.

“As a result of it was so chilly I didn’t actually really feel my physique aching till the subsequent day, once I was so drained.

Rose Owens took half in a Channel swim between her GCSE exams (Gareth Fuller/PA) / PA Wire

“We skilled for months each Monday and Friday at 6.30am earlier than faculty and at weekends so I used to be capable of revise for my GCSEs within the evenings, however I’m nonetheless relieved that it’s throughout regardless that it was a tremendous expertise.”

Rose is staying on on the faculty to check double maths, physics and chemistry, with lecturers encouraging her to do one other swim in two years.

The £7,000 raised by the sponsored swim will go in the direction of supporting a bunch of Ukrainian refugee pupils who’re set to begin at Roedean in September.

Rose stated: “We initially wished to do it simply to check ourselves, however after the battle in Ukraine we determined to attempt to elevate cash for bursaries so refugees can come to our college.”

Headmaster Oliver Blond stated: “The truth that two members of this 12 months group swam within the cross-Channel relay in the midst of their exams is an instance of how rounded Roedean college students are, and there are additionally very many examples of outstanding dedication to sport, dance, drama, artwork, music and neighborhood actions throughout this 12 months group.

“They’ve actually proven that it’s attainable to contribute extensively whereas reaching their aspirations.”

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