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New Mills ‘water baby’ Jasmine Bamber is a true para-swimming champion

Gabrielle Pickard Whitehead

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You may remember our recent inspiring story about 22-year-old Ellie Bamber, a Gold Medal British Para International swimming champion from New Mills, whose disability has never held her back. 

Well Ellie’s sister, Jasmine Bamber, is also making headlines for her incredible swimming achievements. 

Jasmine, 18, is diagnosed with autism, spinocerebellar ataxia and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. From a very young age, the only activity Jasmine enjoyed was swimming. Jasmine’s Mum, Nicola, said they’d call Jasmine their water baby, as she’d love to immerse herself in the water, refusing arm bands or any form of flotation. 

At the age of six, Jasmine competed in her first disability competition and won her first medal for 10-metre freestyle. The win gave Jasmine the confidence, despite her difficulties, to continue training and competing, going on to win medals at Mencap competitions and cerebral palsy sport competitions. Jasmine also won two gold medals for the North West in the English School Games Relay Gala. 

Jasmine Bamber

In 2017, Jasmine was diagnosed with epilepsy, though the condition didn’t stop her winning Disabled Sportsperson of the Year in the High Peak Sports Awards. 

The inspirational swimmer has now been selected by Cerebral Palsy (CP) Sport to represent Team England in this year’s CP World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain, which are taking place in August. 

Being selected to represent Team England in the prestigious World Games has taken exceptional commitment, dedication and hard work by Jasmine. 

She trains five nights a week, including three two-hour sessions a week with Manchester Aquatics. One of Jasmine’s biggest highlights of her incredible swimming career so far, is having Paralympic medallist Matt Walker coach her, as, each week, Jasmine participates in a one two-hour specialist disability session with Matt Walker’s Academy. 

Jasmine, whose favourite stroke is front crawl, says she is tremendously excited about being given the chance to represent her country in the World Games and spend a week in Spain with good friends and like-minded athletes. 

Jasmine told the High Peak Review:

“Swimming is my life, and stress release. Being in the water makes me feel safe, and I can move more freely. Competing in disability competitions makes me feel anything is possible. I am excited about the World Games because it will be my first international swimming competition and I will be part of a team. Some of my swimming friends are also in team England.”

To help pay for Jasmine’s trip to Spain to represent Team England, Jasmine’s family are applying for assistance from the Rob George Foundation.  

The family have also teamed up with New Mills Football Club, which is supporting Jasmine in her quest to compete at the CP World Games in Spain. As well as promoting Jasmine’s cause on social media, New Mills FC held a match on Easter Monday, with all proceeds collected from the half-time raffle going towards Jasmine’s £2,000 funding goals to take her to the CP World Games.

You can help this inspiring young lady from New Mills achieve her dreams and compete at the highly prestigious CP World Games by sponsoring her at YouCaring - 

Good luck Jasmine, you really are an exceptional swimming champion.