Broomfield School student Maia Wallace-Loizou paddles into record books with kayak Channel crossing

Student paddles into record books with kayak Channel crossing

Maia and Dylan paddling to France today

Maia and Dylan before they set off for France this morning

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A teenager made history today by becoming the youngest girl ever to kayak across the English Channel.

Maia Wallace-Loizou, 13, from Petersfield Close in Upper Edmonton, paddled the 20 miles in just four hours and 15 minutes with 15-year-old Dylan Barber-May from Hackney.

For their efforts, the daring pair have raised more than £3,000 for Hackney-based charity Leaside Education Trust, which provides outdoor activities for disadvantaged and disabled young people.

After arriving in France this afternoon, Broomfield School student Maia said: “It was alright up until near the end but we kept going and luckily the sea was nice and still today.”

Dylan said: “I’m feeling good, fine. It was challenging - more mentally than physically but I enjoyed it and we did it.”

The money raised will be spent on buying more sports equipment for the youth charity.

To visit the pair's fundraising page, click here.

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