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Neston's Mermaid in Final of National Competition

Author: Yasmin Awan Published: 23rd July 2018 10:11

As she prepares to represent Cheshire in the National Miss Mermaid UK Final, Neston's Yasmin Awan tells AboutMyArea readers what it's like to be a 'real life mermaid.'

My name is Yasmin, I'm a local girl from Neston and I am currently training at Sheffield University as a student doctor, but in my spare time I work as a Professional Mermaid.

Yasmin Awan

University fees have become incredibly expensive, so I try to pay my way by working part time as a barmaid (relatively normal) and by Mermaiding (not your average part time job!)

I became a Mermaid at the UK's very first Mermaid Camp which was held in the summer of 2017, where I learned how to properly swim in a monofin, how to safely do long breath holds and what being a Mermaid entails. Following the camp, I trained with freediving school Apneists UK and gained my AIDA 2* Freediver qualification. Freediving involves diving, sometimes at great depth just by holding one's breath, without the use of air tanks and scuba equipment. 

Yasmin Awan

I now work as a professional Mermaid and go by the name Mermaid Athena Storm, entertaining at children's parties both in swimming pools and on land, making appearances at weddings and events and I am training to make appearances to swim in aquariums.

To me, mermaiding is so much more than a job, I use it as a platform to help educate people about how they can be more environmentally friendly and teach them more about ocean conservation, in a fun and engaging way. People, especially children, are far more likely to want to get involved when it's a 'real life Mermaid' that's talking about it! 

Yasmin Awan

I absolutely adore my job, I think it brings back that little bit of magic that sometimes people lose or forget about. When the children see me, I see their faces light up in absolute awe, seeing them so mesmerised makes me very happy, I'm thrilled that I can make their day a little bit special.

I have been recently been selected to represent Cheshire in the National Miss Mermaid UK Final, which is a pageant with a twist. Instead of focusing on superficial traits, the Miss Mermaid Pageant includes an Eco Round, where the finalists will hand-make an outfit which has a focus on being environmentally friendly, made from recycled, second hand or waste materials. The Pageant also has a strong environmental focus and aims to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society.

Yasmin Awan

The winner of the National Final will go on to represent the UK in the Miss Mermaid International Final in Egypt. To finalise my place in the pageant I need to raise £350 to get me to the final and am approaching local businesses and friends and family for their support.

I am currently raising money for the Marine Conservation Society and will be doing a special appearance on West Kirby Beach on Saturday 4th August to raise money for the cause. Pop down and see me and get a mermaid wishing crystal in exchange for a donation for the charity.

You can check out more pictures on my social media pages and I can be hired through my website www.mermaid-athena-storm.co.uk, on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

If you would like to donate to the Marine Conservation Society, please go to
https://www.gofundme.com/do-your-bit-to-save-our-seas

If you would like to back me as a finalist and sponsor me in the Pageant, please go to
https://www.gofundme.com/sponsor-yasmin-in-the-mmuk-final

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