Youngster recovers from brain injury to complete channel challenge in Welshpool


Jonny Drury

A youngster has completed  an incredible Aspire Channel Swim Challenge just 18 months after he suffered a serious brain injury.

Freddie Murton-Jones was out playing when he suffered an accident that caused him to suffer a very serious brain injury.

At the time doctors said he may never even walk and talk again, but young Freddie had other ideas.

He was not going to let his injury de-rail his love for sport and he got back in the swimming pool and recently completed the 22 mile Aspire challenge at the Flash Leisure Centre, Welshpool.

His mother, Hayley, has expressed how proud she is and  described how determined Freddie has been on his journey towards recovery  over recent months.

She said: “I’m so proud of what he has done, he has been so determined.

“He began at the Flash when he was younger and they saw how good he was and he became part of the Sharks club.

“However he suffered a brain injury when playing and was out of action for quite a while. He couldn’t even swim a width of the pool after.

“He was a bit worried about getting back in there, it was confidence really.

“But he did, he was so determined and he has completed this and raised money for a spinal injuries charity.”

He has contacted one of his heroes, David Walliams, who swam the channel and is Freddie’s favourite author, to tell him about his feat.

He was a keen rugby player before his accident and had ambitions of playing for Wales, however medical advice means he no longer plays.

But his mum has said how focussed he now is on his swimming and he has been given a free swim pass for the summer from the Flash for his achievement.

She said: “He has done so well, he has always been a sporty lad and he was never going to let anything stop him from getting back to swimming.”

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