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National Coverage for History-Making Author Leah Chowdhry

National media coverage for Leah Chowdhry, who defied prejudice to become the first British Asian woman to swim the Channel

There has been national coverage for inspirational children’s author Leah Chowdhry, revealing how she defied prejudice to become the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel. 

Following 18 months of gruelling training, Leah completed the history-making attempt in 2018, reaching France in 14 hours and 44 minutes.

During the swim, she had to contend with freezing cold water, strong tides, seaweed slicks and jellyfish. 

But perhaps her bigger battle was against a “tide of outdated cultural prejudices and gender bias”, as she reveals exclusive to the Daily Express in a double-page spread in today’s print edition. 

Leah Chowdhry
Children’s author and charity fundraiser Leah Chowdhry overcame prejudice to become the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel.
Making A Splash front cover
Leah Chowdhry has just published a children’s book, Making A Splash, based on her true life story, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People. 

Despite being one of the best swimmers at her school, she wasn’t selected for the swimming team because of an “Asian girls can’t swim mentality”.

And when she announced her plans to swim the Channel, she was told by her aunties that she was reducing her chances of finding and a husband and should, instead, focus on starting a family.

Through her swim, Leah, now 29, raised a staggering £155,000 for charity, shared between the British Asian Trust and Cancer Research. 

And afterwards she met Prince Charles through the British Asian Trust as well as being named the London Asian Business Awards’ Woman of the Year in 2019. 

Leah, who runs a pop-up childcare business and is also a director in the City,  has written a new children’s book about her experiences, Making A Splash, which she hopes will empower youngsters with the same “can do” attitude which she credits for her success.

The book is out now, published through Michael Terence Publishing, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People.

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