Water Babies, Ireland’s leading baby and toddler swim school, is delighted to announce the winners of their Little Heroes Awards, following a nationwide search to find Ireland’s most inspiring young swimmers.
Water Babies is thrilled to honour fourteen ‘Little Heroes’ who have battled illness and adversity including premature birth and Down Syndrome or have shown a lot of courage in their little lives so far. Each child 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.
Proud Granny Anne Newsome nominated Kate who started swimming at Water Babies when she was six months old.
Kate Byrne (14 months) was born with a huge tumour in her heart. Kate had a slim chance of survival but has gone on to prove everyone wrong and show what a little warrior she is.
Kate’s parents were told she would tire easily, but this never seems to be the case. They believe her water babies class has helped strengthen her heart if anything.
Her face lights when she’s in the pool and bath and she loves practicing her ‘hold on’ and ‘monkey monkey’ while trying to walk.
Granny Anne Newsome loves going to Kate’s Water Babies class in Amber Springs hotel every week to watch her splash about and learn new techniques. “We love water babies!” She said.