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Christine Lampard reveals she nearly drowned as a child

'I remember dad literally pulling me out of the swimming pool'

Watch: Christine Lampard opens up about fear of swimming

Christine Lampard has opened up about the time she nearly drowned as a child.

Speaking on Loose Women with Denise Welch, Kelly Holmes and Gloria Hunniford about their fear of water with Lampard saying her phobia arose from a childhood incident.

She said: "I nearly drowned when I was about seven or eight. I remember dad literally pulling me out of the swimming pool, and I remember that feeling. So I was never a fan of it."

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Lampard also said she later conquered her fear of water after water skiing across the English Channel for charity: "If you face your fears sometimes, great things can come of it."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13:  Christine Lampard attends the TRIC Awards 2018 held at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Christine Lampard recalls nearly drowning as a child. (Getty Images)

For the challenge, Lampard raised over £1m for Sport Relief and in the process became the first person to water ski across the English Channel.

Welch revealed that she conquered her fear of water after jumping into the sea with Alison Hammond filming the whole thing while Hunniford said she still didn't know how to swim.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16:  Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard attend a charity auction for The Jermain Defoe Foundation on September 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard attend a charity auction in 2013. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Holmes, despite being an Olympic athlete, also said she was a "weak swimmer" and in particular hated the cold water.

She also recalled the time she had to swim on TV for Bear Grylls: Mission Survive: "I just went, tried obviously, went on my side, went on my back, legs went under, I was underneath the water, managed to get my head up, went 'I’m drowning!' the cameramen jumped in, they had to rescue me!"

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Dame Kelly Holmes attends the European Diversity Awards at Intercontinental Hotel on November 11, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)
Kelly Holmes is also afraid of water. (Getty Images)

She added: "It was awful! I don’t know if I’ve ever got over that, yet I did go into the sea in Miami, I was well impressed with myself."

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