St Asaph schoolgirl joins snorkelling session with Prince William


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A SCHOOLGIRL from St Asaph has spoken of her excitement after snorkelling with The Duke of Cambridge.

Marni Hugo, eight, joined in with a small group of snorkellers at a special event to mark the handover of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Presidency.

It was announced in May that The Duke has followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to take the helm of BSAC, the UK’s governing body for snorkelling and scuba diving, which celebrated its diamond jubilee last year.

Prince William joined around 100 BSAC members to mark the historic handover and to say thank you to The Prince of Wales for his four decades of loyal leadership at the head of the organisation, taking the plunge himself at the event, held at the Oasis lido in London’s West End.

Marni, a pupil at Fairholme Prep School, and Lili, a pupil at Ysgol Trefnant practiced putting on fins, masks and snorkels with The Duke before testing out a range of important snorkelling signals.

They were later presented with a certificate by The Prince of Wales for the very special part they played in the day.

Marni said: “What I will remember is coming first in the race we did and beating The Duke. It was brilliant and I really enjoy snorkelling.

“I got to be his partner and he asked me my name and how old I was. I found him very kind to talk to.”

The Duke of Cambridge, who was presented with a BSAC President diving jacket and a scuba diving T-shirt for his little son George, said: “It is a great honour to be here with my father to accept the role as President of the British Sub-Aqua Club, continuing the Presidency from my father and from my grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh.”

Mary Tetley, BSAC Chief Executive, who owns Denbigh Chocolate Shop with husband Mark Young, said: “We look forward to working closely with The Duke to inspire a new generation of young scuba divers to discover the rich adventures and opportunities of the underwater world which we all have a shared interest in preserving and protecting.”

Marni is learning to snorkel with Flintshire Sub Aqua Club.

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