‘I was desperate to get them in the water, but they were so little.
That’s without armbands, life jackets or any supporting hands.In fact, all they need to achieve this amazing feat is a waterproof swimming nappy and a top-up of Mummy’s milk.Even on a quiet afternoon the staff can’t resist coming over to watch, as they effortlessly paddle a seven-metre width of the pool, before being scooped, giggling into their parents’ arms for a celebratory cuddle.It’s great fun swimming along with them, like having your own, real-life, wind-up bath toys, and they really can cover some distance.‘So we had to wait until they were about four months old and had had all their inoculations.’The first time they went to the pool she admits she clung on to the babies, just like every other protective mother.
It was only when the couple visited Cyprus, where Victor has family, in October, that the twins’ astonishing talent was revealed.Victor says: ‘We were in the water every day, the sea and the pool, and the babies benefited from the extra buoyancy the salt water gave them, and seemed really happy and comfortable swimming underwater.We floated them on their backs, supporting their heads, and again they seemed really content, so we decided to see what would happen if we let them go.’ There was no spluttering or panic, both William and Ellenita started kicking their legs and swam effortlessly.There are two unsung swimming sporting heroes who should take the stand among Britain’s greats of 2012.Stand aside Rebecca Adlington, make room Ellie Simmonds — step forward William and Ellenita Trykush. These ten-month-old twins haven’t quite mastered the art of walking, or crawling, or talking, for that matter. For those who haven’t heard of the swimming twins of Cirencester, William and Ellenita are the gorgeous little babies who can swim a full 25-metre length of their local pool unaided.As Victor — who has done a fair bit of research on the subject — points out, the instinct that helps babies swim is inherent in all mammals, and has evolved as a safety measure for animals not meant to dwell in water.