Hartpury Primary Swimming Success

 

At Hartpury we believe that competitive sport is an opportunity that all youngsters should have the opportunity to experience. As such, we try to get involved with as many different competitive sports as possible.

This year we have already competed in the district events for: rugby, football, archery, cricket, mountain biking, netball, athletics, multi-sports, golf and swimming. The events, organised by our district sports partnership led by Newent Secondary school, are an amazing chance for children to pit their skills against other children from local schools.

We try to find an opportunity for each child to represent the school in some way so that they have the opportunity to pull on the school kit. This year 93% of our Y5/6 have represented the school in at least one event.

As a small school we are often competing against schools sometimes three times as big, it is therefore hard for us to challenge for honours. However, occasionally we can really  upset the odds and punch well above our weight.

This year’s swimming gala saw us take eight swimmers through the district heats and into the district finals and boy did they deliver when they got there!

The event for Y5/6 children, staged at Newent Secondary, is always a highlight of the schools sporting calendar and the pool is crammed with spectators. Our team was in phenomenal form and came away with an astonishing 10 individual medals including 7 golds and 16 relay medals – more than any other school in the event!

James Riach swam his way to an individual haul of three golds and a silver; Amelia Raynes took home two individual golds and smashed the district record for individual Y5 breaststroke and Y5 butterfly.

Our girls relay teams, which consisted mainly of Y4 swimmers, competed admirably against competitors from other schools that were much older than them. They won three out of a possible four races – taking the district record in the Y5 Girls Medley – and finishing second in the other.

Hartpury now hold a third of all the district swimming records.

All in all it was a proud moment for us as a school, the on-looking parents and everyone involved. The future looks bright for the next couple of years as many of these swimmers were competing in age groups above their chronological age and will be around to compete once again.

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