Who dares, swims - in the 1930s these intrepid young Newport women braved the chilly waters of the River Usk for races watched by thousands

THESE three Newport swimmers were just teenagers when during the 1930s they braved the tidal waters of the River Usk to compete in races watched from its banks by thousands of people.

Agnes Coughlan (left) was 16 years old when in 1934 she won the Usk Half-Mile Swim for women, while Joan Thomas (centre) was only 13 when she swam to victory the following year - and Margaret Fitzgerald (right) took the runners-up spot aged 17, in what was the final such event in 1938.


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