A Larne girl was one of eight teenagers from Northern Ireland who competed against their London rivals at the biennial House of Lords versus House of Commons Speedo Charity Swim recently.
Larne Swimming Club’s Eorann O’Neill, along with the other Swim Ulster youths, were joined by teams from both Houses of Parliament and guest swimmers, including Olympian Mark Foster, for the fund-raising event in aid of charity, Hope for Youth NI.
The local team took on Chelsea and Westminster Swim Club at Porchester Hall in a relay event, with the English squad taking the lead to win the Speedo Cup.
Eorann received a runners-up medal from HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.
The competition between the parliamentarians was fierce. Six MPs and six Lords, including Ian Paisley Jnr, made a splash for charity. The House of Lords won the event for the first time in over 10 years.
This unique event, now in its 26th year, also saw former swimming champions Duncan Goodhew and James Hickman compete alongside Foster and swimmers from a local law firm in a showcase relay.