Top Swimmers Make a Splash at Regional Competition
Claires Court pupils were selected to take part in the ISA Swimming Gala on 25 November at the Garrisons Pool in Aldershot. The ISA London West Swimming Gala is one of the toughest ISA Competitions with the vast majority of swimmers swimming at club level. Those swimmers to represent Claires Court are those the PE department feel are at a high enough standard to undertake this challenge. You can see how the divisions got on in each report:
Congratulations to the following girls who were selected to take part in this prestige event at the, Harriet, Yana, Amelie, Alia, Eleanor, Sophie, Beth, Amelia, Rhiannon, Mia, Chloe and Olivia. A special mention must go to Rhiannon who won 2 gold medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. Yana also swam exceptionally well in the 50m freestyle, achieving a bronze medal. Rhiannon and Yana will now go on to represent the London West squad at the National Swimming Championships. Well done!
Written by swimming instructor, Karin Whiteley.
Our Year 5 and 6 boys had a very early start in order to attend the ISA Swimming Gala which started at 8 o'clock with a warm-up session. This gave the boys an opportunity to get used to the starting blocks as well as the rather intimidating length (50m) and depth of the pool.
At 8.30am the competition started. All our boys worked extremely hard and there were some very exciting races to be watched.
The Year 5 boys were especially successful winning a silver medal in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay. The Year 6 boys only just missed out on a bronze medal for their relay.
In the individual events Gursahej performed particularly well. He earned a gold medal in the Year 5 50m backstroke which qualifies him for the national ISA event next year. He also earned himself a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke. An excellent result considering he was standing in for a boy who couldn't attend because he was ill.
Harrison narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the Year 6 50m breaststroke.
The boys gave it all they had, supported each other and were impeccably behaved. We are very proud of them.
Written by PE Teacher, Jo Cox.
Eleven Senior Girls entered the ISA event, some for the very first time. Initially it is rather daunting as it is not too often swimmers get to see let alone swim in a 50m pool...and it seems as though the finish is much further away!
The first event was breaststroke which saw Eva (6th in heat), Emily (4th in heat) and Annabelle (2nd overall) all swam brilliantly, with Annabelle collecting the first medal of the senior competition, congratulations! Backstrokers of Heidi (3rd in heat), Hannah (4th in heat), Cleo (4th overall) all swam gallantly, but Kally brought home Claires Court’s second medal of the day winning a brilliant gold medal after a solid performance held off the challenge from another strong swimmer.
Claires Court’s front crawl swimmers of Millie and Annabelle swam really well, Millie finishing a tough race in 6th place and Annabelle just missing out on the bronze medal finishing in 4th. Heidi and Cleo both just missed out on a butterfly medal after narrowly finishing in 4th place, whilst Kally secured her second gold medal of the day powering her way to the finish line in wonderful style.
The relay events were soon upon us with many of the schools opting to leave early as opposed to compete for the medals. Claires Court never being one to turn down an opportunity of winning a medal entered almost all of the relays, and the senior relay team of Swimming Captain Kally, Cleo, Annabelle and Katie finished in third place in both the freestyle and medley relay, congratulations all!
An extremely tiring day, but a successful one indeed. Kally with her two gold and two bronze medals stole the show, with Annabelle winning a silver and two bronze medals also a highlight. Such a shame that Cleo finished just outside of the medals in both of her individual swims but she was rewarded in the relays. I was extremely proud of the Year 7 & 8 swimmers who all swam their absolute hearts out and gave their best, I am sure their time will come and medals will be won next year!
A truly fantastic day and we look forward to hearing of how Kally performs as she progress on to the National Finals towards the end of January.