Girls want mer­maid tails in pools

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TORIKA TOKALAU

Two 11-year-olds are cam­paign­ing to get mer­maid tails back into Auck­land pub­lic pools.

Sophia Nee­son and Yas­min Bicer pre­sented their dream of start­ing Mer­maid Tails, a mer­maid swim­ming school, at the Hen­der­son-Massey Lo­cal Board on Oc­to­ber 17. The girls wanted mer­maid grad­u­ates to be al­lowed to use their sparkle tails in Auck­land pub­lic pools.

Mer­maid swim­ming suits en­case the legs and in­cluded a fish tail. It al­lowed wear­ers to swim like a mer­maid by strap­ping their legs to­gether into a tail.

The tails were banned from Auck­land pub­lic pools due to safety fears. How­ever, the Hen­der­son-Massey Lo­cal Board agreed to in­ves­ti­gate the girls’ re­quest.

‘‘It is every kid’s dream to some­day be a mer­maid and Mer­maid tails will help make those dreams come true,’’ So­phie said.

The safety of the pop­u­lar gift forced coun­tries like Aus­tralia and the United King­dom to ban its use in pub­lic pools. Auck­land Coun­cil banned mer­maid tails in 2016 be­cause it was un­safe for use in pub­lic pools and proved a dis­trac­tion to life­guards.

The coun­cil’s leisure man­ager Rob McGee said the tails were de­signed for competent swim­mers and even man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mend one-to-one su­per­vi­sion which couldn’t be given in pub­lic pools.

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Yas­min Bicer, left, and Sophia Nee­son said they’ve been swim­ming with mer­maid tails for more than two years.

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