Double amputee Nadya Vessey will soon be able to swim like a mermaid with a specially-made tail that will let her propel herself through the water.
The keen swimmer is to be fitted with the “mermaid-style” tail made by the same special effects team behind blockbuster Lord of the Rings and King Kong.
Nadya was born with a condition that meant her legs would never develop properly, but despite having her first leg amputated at the age of seven has has continued swimming throughout her life.
The tail will be moulded on to a pair of wetsuit shorts to make it easy to put on and take off. Nadya says it will allow her to propel herself through the water with an undulating movement as if she was a mermaid.
“I’m thinking I’ll power on a bit with it, so that will be great.” she told New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times. Nadya says she’s even thinking of completing the swimming section of a triathlon using her new tail.
Work on the new tail will begin at the start of next year and Nadya has told the special effects team that she wants the finished tail to be both “beautiful and practical”.
“I began to feel a bit embarrassed about it. But then everybody else got so excited so I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just go with it and see what happens’.”
“So I really have no idea what to expect but it’s going to be fun.”