Camden School for Girls team swims English Channel

Thursday, 5th September 2013

From left: Girls’ head of year and science teacher Emma Perry; swimmers Minnie Fawcett-Tang, Millie Elson, Maddy Jenkins, Lilly Ouldcott, Ella de Peretti; and Camden School for Girls’ headteacher Elizabeth Kitcatt

Published: 05 September, 2013
by PAVAN AMARA

SIX girls who were inspired by “a strong sense of feminism” swam the Channel to prove “that girls can override sexist stereotypes about expectations”.

The sturdy team – who are collectively known as “Six Girls No Buoys” – said they refused to let their male friends join in on their adventure “because they’d only moan and shiver away about the cold, but we knew if it was just girls we’d get on with it”.

Camden School for Girls pupils Lily Ouldcott, Ella de Peretti, Maddy Jenkins, Millie Elson and Minnie Fawcett-Tang, all aged 13, were joined by friend Felicity Challinor, 14, who attends school in Wiltshire, for their 21-mile journey at the weekend.

They completed their cross-Channel swimming relay from Dover to France in 13 hours, 6 minutes and 19 seconds to raise money for new science labs at the Sandall Road school.

They are hoping to raise £25,000 to redesign classrooms built in the 1960s, and have already managed £17,000.

To donate go to www.justgiving.com­/teams/6Grls0Buoys

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